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As school is out of session, the blog will be on summer hiatus until the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. Thank you to all of our bloggers and readers for a great year!

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By: Yang Cao The United States, as the world leader (for democratic countries at least), may excel in many fields, but in terms of voter turnout it trails far behind other industrialized countries. The voter turnout measured in terms of voting age population was only 55.7% in 2016, while the highest countries report that more […]

The post Negative Campaigns in the U.S. and Voter Turnout appeared first on State of Elections.

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After a highly touted 2018 campaign season which led to historic numbers of early votes in the State of Georgia, it appears that the Republicans will continue to control both the state legislature and executive branch. Additionally, a majority of the state’s Federal House seats went to Republican candidates. But all is not gloom and […]

The post Republicans Remain the Majority Party in Georgia; But all is Not Gloom and Doom for Georgia Democrats appeared first on State of Elections.

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By: Shawn Syed During Spring Break in Oregon, a group of teens did not go on vacation. Instead, they took to the Oregon State Capital to speak with lawmakers about lowering the voting age to 16. Hundreds of teens spoke out in an attempt to shape their own future. The teens stressed gun control and […]

The post Sweet 16: Teens Fight to Lower the Voting Age Across the Nation appeared first on State of Elections.

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By: Sarah Crowe In a lawsuit being touted as the “first of its kind”, Connecticut was hit with a federal lawsuit in late June 2018 with the aim of ending the practice of prison gerrymandering. According to the NAACP, prison gerrymandering is “the practice of counting prisoners in the towns where they are incarcerated, rather […]

The post An Even More Cynical Form of Gerrymandering for Connecticut appeared first on State of Elections.

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By: Shawn Syed When Florida Amendment 4 passed by ballot initiative on November 6, 2018, voting rights advocates rejoiced. A hard-fought battle resulted in Floridians approving the measure with 64.55% of voters in favor of the Amendment. Amendment 4, or the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, was designed to automatically restore the right to […]

The post The Sunshine State’s Cloudy History of Returning Citizen Disenfranchisement appeared first on State of Elections.

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By: Emma McCarthy For voters in the state of Ohio, the 2018 Election held in the balance the future of the state’s governance. With major state offices including the Governorship, Secretary of State, and Attorney General all up for grabs, every vote mattered as the next four years of state governance in Ohio was in […]

The post 2018 Elections: Controversy in Ohio appeared first on State of Elections.

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By: Yang Cao Although the Supreme Court has made section 5 of the Voting Rights Act essentially ineffective by declaring section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, the legacy of section 5 remains. The non-retrogression standard of section 5 is unsuitable to the current political situation of the United States and it has created […]

The post The Legacy of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act appeared first on State of Elections.

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By: Chelsea West Elaine Luria, a Democrat, has defeated Republican Congressman Scott W. Taylor in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. Luria captured 51.1 percent of the vote, followed by Taylor with 48.9 percent. Taylor has represented the district in the House since 2017. Despite the race being over, a legal case against Taylor’s campaign looms large. […]

The post Virginia Midterms are Over, but Legal Case on Forged Signatures in 2nd Congressional District Continues On appeared first on State of Elections.

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By: Shawn Syed Election administration is complex, to say the least. Decentralization, low funding, and a myriad of other issues play a role in the problems of administrating our elections. Every single state is sure to encounter some form of administration problem during election season. Texas is not alone in facing these issues. Below are […]

The post The Lone Star State: Hardly Alone in Election Administration Issues appeared first on State of Elections.

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