The Canvass:  States and Election Reform

Welcome to The CanvassStates and Election Reform®—a newsletter by NCSL for legislatures. 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. 

We hope The Canvass will give you an edge in perspective as you work to improve your state's elections, and we welcome your feedback. Feel free to call or email us with any questions or comments.   

Current Issue of The Canvass

The November 2020 issue takes a look at what happens after the voting ends and reviews several essential postelection processes. This month's newsletter also includes an interview with Iowa Senator Roby Smith (R), a message of calm this election season and other things worth noting.

Topical Index of The Canvass

Featured election articles from past issues of The Canvass can be found in a Topical Index.

Chronological Index of The Canvass

2020

2019

2018

2017

  • November 2017: Cybersecurity for Elections: Everyone's Responsibility
  • September 2017: Common Data Formats: What's in them for Legislators?
  • July 2017: Elections Security: A Priority for Everyone
  • June 2017: Voter ID: Back to the Future?
  • May 2017: Is Vote-By-Mail for your State?
  • March 2017: Ranked Choice Voting Has Its Red Carpet Moment in 2017
  • February 2017: Avalanche of Election Bills Introduced in 2017.
  • January 2017: Special Edition: Expert Predictions for 2017

2016

  • December 2016: That's a Wrap on 2016-But What Happened in Legislatures?
  • October 2016: The Watchers Watching Elections
  • September 2016 Special Edition: Security and Elections: What Legislators Need to Know
  • July/August 2016: What is Automatic Voter Registration Anyway? What the Experts Say
  • June 2016: Uniformity in Voting Systems: Looking at the Crazy Quilt of Election Technology
  • May 2016: Voter Registration is All About Residency (and Domicile)
  • April 2016: Election Dates May or May Not Matter
  • March 2016: Dude-I'm Way Too Depressed About The Future to Vote
  • February 2016: It's a Presidential Election Year: Do You Know Where Your Voter Records Are?
  • January 2016: Legislative Vacancies: A Patchwork of Laws for Patching Holes in State Legislatures

2015

  • November-December 2015: Election Funding for 2020 and Beyond.
  • October 2015: The Facts on 10 Common Election Misconceptions
  • September 2015: State Legislation and the Voting Rights Act: Past, Present and Future
  • August 2015: Presidential Ballot Access: 50 Shades of Law
  • July 2015: Internet Voting: Creeping Our Way?
  • June 2015: Burning Questions at NCSL's Policy and Elections Technology Conference
  • May 2015: Elections Technology: Nine Things Legislators May Want to Know
  • April 2015: Elections, Meet Academia; Academia, Meet Elections
  • March 2015: Linking Driving and Voting Records
  • February 2015: Looking Ahead—2015 Elections Legislation
  • January 2015: Expert Predictions for 2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • December 2010: The Election Season Gets Longer and Longer
  • August 2010: Ten Years Since the Florida Election Meltdown - Could it Happen Again?
  • July 2010: Vote-By-Mail: Fiscally Fashionable?
  • June 2010: State Voting Laws and the Mentally Disabled
  • March 2010: The Real Cost of Voter Registration: Oregon Case Study

2009

  • December 2009: States Confront Military and Overseas Ballot Mandates
  • October 2009: Indiana Courts Strike Down Photo ID Requirement
  • June 2009: Registration "Modernization" Proposals Take Center Stage
  • March 2009: Arizona Leads The Way As Military And Overseas e-Voting Gains Momentum
  • January 2009: 2008 Election Recap

2008

  • October 2008: Nonresident Property Owners and Voting in Local Elections: A Paradigm Shift?
  • August 2008: Election Emergencies Happen
  • July 2008: Tennessee and Ohio Enact Major Bipartisan Election Reform
  • May 2008: Supreme Court Upholds Indiana Law Requiring Photo ID to Vote
  • April 2008: What Should States Do About Voting Equipment

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