Elections

The Council of State Governments’ Elections Center offers our members and other interested parties data and analysis regarding the 2014 elections. Looking at elections in all three branches of state government from across the nation, the Elections Center is a resource for both pre- and post-election party control data and how the outcomes might affect various policy areas heading into 2015.

Post-Election Legislative Control

 

2014 Gubernatorial Winners

2014 Lieutenant Governor Winners

2014 Secretary of State Winners

2014 Attorney General Winners

2014 Treasurer Winners

2014 Auditor Winners

2014 State Supreme Court Winners

2014 Current State Officials Winning Congressional Seats

A new report by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the 2014 Election Administration and Voting Survey Comprehensive Report, says that on average, about one out of every 70 voters who cast their vote in a polling place cast a provisional ballot. A total of 892,202 provisional ballots were submitted to be counted in the 2014 Federal election of which 72.2 percent were counted in full and 8.1 percent were partially counted. A total of 171,443 provisional ballots – or 19.2 percent – were rejected.

A new report by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the 2014 Election Administration and Voting Survey Comprehensive Report, says that on average, about one out of every 70 voters who cast their vote in a polling place cast a provisional ballot. A total of 892,202 provisional ballots were submitted to be counted in the 2014 Federal election of which 72.2 percent were counted in full and 8.1 percent were partially counted. A total of 171,443 provisional ballots – or 19.2 percent – were rejected.

Just seven months after the 2014 midterm elections ended, The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has released its comprehensive data on voting in the United States. The EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. Each election cycle the commission carries out the national election administration survey. In 2014, the survey included figures from the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA, or “motor voter”) and the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

While it always has been possible to share information openly, the potential for open data that is easily shared and analyzed has developed slowly in the United States. Today, the global economy increasingly is operating in an open data world, with constant streams of information tracking human behavior—from where people are shopping to what TV shows they are watching. The private sector has been engaged actively in the open data space and producing large amounts of data concerning their operations in real time. Election industry policymakers and administrators are catching up.

The opinion upholds the constitutionality of the redistricting commission as a method to draw congressional and legislative redistricting lines after a Census.     

In 5-4 decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission the Court held that the Constitution’s Elections Clause permits voters to vest congressional redistricting authority entirely in an independent commission.   

In 2000 Arizona voters adopted Proposition 106 which places all federal redistricting authority in an independent commission. The Elections Clause states:  "[t]he Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations . . . .”

Recently Rep. David Cicilline proposed the Automatic Voter Registration Act (H.R. 2694) in an effort to protect the right to vote and expand access for eligible voters in the United States. The bill requires local motor vehicle departments to forward information to elections officials, who send the individual a notification that they will be registered to vote after 21 days. Anyone can opt out of registration before the 21-day window is up but otherwise...

If you’re thinking about posting a picture of yourself and your recently cast ballot in an upcoming election you may want to think again. 44 states currently have laws in place preventing public display of a cast ballot. A U.S. District Court in New Hampshire is in the news of late considering the principle of their recently updated law on “ballot selfies”. The law was updated last year to include the following phrase, “taking a digital image or photograph of his or...

Title 42 of the United States Code §1973(a) states that, “No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision in a manner which results in a denial or abridgment of the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color”.  But what happens to groups of Americans who may experience inordinate and disproportionate burdens in pursuit of the right to vote?

The U.S. Constitution Equal Protection Clause’s “one-person one-vote” principle requires that voting districts have roughly the same population so that votes in each district count equally. But what population is relevant—total population or total voting population—and who gets to decide? The Supreme Court will decide these issues in Evenwel v. Abbott.

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