Elections

Voters With Disabilities Feel Left Behind by Paper Ballot Push

Election officials must balance security and accessibility.

A State Will Require Civics Education in Prisons

The goal of the new Illinois law is to reduce recidivism, help former prisoners reintegrate into their communities, and boost voter turnout.

In These States, (Almost) Anyone But Lawmakers Can Do Redistricting

California pioneered the practice of creating an independent commission to draw new district maps. Every ten years, anyone in the state can apply for the job, except legislators and those who work with them.

Voters in One City to Decide On an Unusual Pension Funding Proposal

A pending ballot proposition in Phoenix calls for imposing strict limits on city spending until funding for the city’s retirement programs reaches a certain threshold.

Election Officials Spar Over Speed, Scope of Voter Registration Upgrades

A long-planned overhaul of Iowa’s voter registration database will not be completed before the 2020 elections.

Fewer Than Half of States Take These Two Election Security Precautions

The Brennan Center for Justice found only 24 states will both have voting systems that create a paper trail and require audits of the 2020 election results.

Voters in One State to Decide on Allowing Affirmative Action

Washington in the 1990s restricted the practice by state government. That could soon change, depending on the results of an upcoming referendum.

Voting by Phone Is Easy. But Is It Secure?

Next year, Democrats in two states can caucus using their phones.

Support for N.D. Marijuana Initiative Outweighs Opposition, Poll Finds

Ballot Measure 3 includes an unusual provision that would automatically seal criminal records for marijuana offenses.

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North Carolina's Landmark Ruling Against Partisan Gerrymanders

Judges said redistricting designed to elect Republicans violated the Constitution, the first time a federal court has come to that conclusion.

Voting Systems Used in Georgia Prompt Lawsuit to Void Special Election Results

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Getting rid of 26,000 tons of highly flammable fiber waste in a Maine town; Portland, Ore., police disband horse-mounted unit; and overlapping local ID programs in Illinois.

Who Exactly Is Asking States for Voter Roll Data?

It's unclear who on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity saw a letter demanding data from states.

NSA Report Shines Light on Russian Cyberattacks Targeting State and Local Elections Systems

One scary prediction: By the 2018 midterm elections, hackers will be offering access-as-a-service to central vote tabulators at the state level and vendor systems at the manufacturing level.