NCSL State Elections Resources


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Election laws and procedures have been under increased scrutiny since the drawn-out presidential election of 2000.

States are taking a closer look at voter registration, provisional ballots, absentee and early voting, voter identification, security (visit this page for a table of contents on our security resources) and other key election reform issues in an effort to provide fair elections for all eligible voters, and at a reasonable cost. 

NCSL maintains extensive resources on these subjects. Links to our most popular resources are below. If you don't see what you need, please ask if we have additional materials we can offer.

50-State Data Resources

To assist lawmakers in reviewing elections policy decisions, NCSL provides 50-state research on many election law and procedural issues including:

Elections Newsletter: The Canvass

NCSL's monthly elections newsletter, The Canvass, is designed to synthesize data, legislative practices, and insight from the 50 states and U.S. territories into an executive summary for legislators and key staff. Visit this page for an index of issues by date or this page for an index of issues by topic. We welcome any and all subscribers, just ask

NCSL Elections Staff

For legislators and legislative staff, the most important resource NCSL can offer is its staff. NCSL’s elections team is available to provide additional background material, customized research, testimony or state-specific questions. All you have to do is ask


Find the most comprehensive and complete 50-state information in NCSL's searchable bill tracking databases. These databases are regularly updated, and some go back for many years. Databases pertaining to elections and campaigns include:  

  • Election Legislation Database: This database contains state legislation related to the administration of elections. Topics include primaries, pre-Election Day voting, voter registration, voter ID, elections security, and voting technology among many others
  • Ballot Measures Database: This database tracks ballot measures created by legislative referenda, citizens initiatives or other mechanisms. It includes all statewide ballot measures dating back more than a century.
  • Campaign Finance Database: This database tracks campaign finance legislation covering topics such as contribution limits, disclosure requirements, public financing and much more. 

Enactment Summaries


LegisBriefs are concise, informative briefings on emerging issues. Each two-page report gives you a wealth of insight on issues that affect the states. A few relating to elections you might be interested in: 

Search for other LegisBriefs relating to elections and campaigns here.

Elections Blogs 

NCSL frequently blogs about hot topics in state legislatures, including elections. Keep up to date with important elections news by visiting the NCSL Blog.


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