NCSL Election Security Report. NCSL’s new election security/cybersecurity report is the culmination of four regional election security meetings held in 2018. Focusing specifically on the role of legislators, the report outlines the election process, from registration to election-night reporting, and includes steps legislators can take to help secure their states’ systems.
NSGIC: New Reports and a New Website. The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) released its first phase report on their “Geo-Enabled Elections” project. They also released their survey of election directors, which sought to determine the current state and implementation of Geographic Information Systems in elections. If you are interested in learning more, you can visit their new website.
NCSL Blog: Election Legislation Coming Soon to a State Near You. Election legislation is already being enacted in some states. Most notably, it took only a matter of days for legislation to fly through the New York Legislature and land on the governor’s desk. The since-enacted legislation included a 10-day (including two weekends) early voting period, introducing same-day registration, preregistration, “portable” registration (i.e. if voters move jurisdictions within the state, their voter registration will follow them) and a consolidation of New York’s unique system of having separate state and federal primaries.
Move Over New York? Not to be outshone by the Empire State, a bipartisan team of legislators from Pennsylvania held a news conference to introduce a suite of nine pieces of election legislation. Including three constitutional amendments, they look to address absentee voting, poll workers, judicial retention, early voting, vote centers, curbside voting, write-in candidates, ballots, and precinct sizes.
NCSL Providence Redistricting Seminar. If you’ve made it this far, you are obviously a fan of election administration. However, if you are also interested in redistricting, we have some good news! NCSL’s first Redistricting Seminar will be taking place in Providence from June 20-23, 2019. It is the start of a series of five meetings over the next 2 years.
From NCSL's elections team
With 47 states and the District of Columbia in session, questions have been coming in right and left. So far this year, we’ve answered dozens of research requests on election administration (not counting those on redistricting and campaign finance). This is our job—to help legislators and legislative staff find the information they need to do their work well. Do you have a question? Try us.
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—Dylan Lynch and Wendy Underhill