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  1. 2012 Elections Legislation2013 Predictions Jennie Bowser Senior Fellow, NCSL January 10, 2013

  2. 2011-2012 Election Legislation • Lower volume than usual • More politicized • Late passage of major, highly controversial bills • Litigation • More got done than the media told you

  3. Election Legislation, 2001-2012

  4. Election Legislation: % Enacted

  5. 2001 Voter ID Requirements No Requirement (37) Non-Photo ID (10) Photo ID (3)

  6. 2010 Voter ID Requirements NoRequirement (24) Non-Photo ID (18) PhotoID (6) Strict Photo ID (2)

  7. 2011-12 Legislation on Voter ID * No Law or Legislation (3) Existing Law, No Bills (10) Enacted Legislation (12) Failed/Vetoed Legislation (25)

  8. Other 2011-2012 Election Bills • Online registration – 7* states • Improved list maintenance – 16 states • Facilitating overseas voting – 36 states • UMOVA – 8 states + DC • Post-election audits – 3 states • Vote centers – 6 states • Election Day registration – 2 states

  9. 2013: Veto-Proof Supermajorities D Government (9) R Government (16) Divided Government (3)

  10. 2013 Voter ID Legislation None (11) Existing Law/No Bill (23) New or Stricter Law (13) Roll Back Existing Law (3)

  11. Other Issues Worth Watching • Voting Equipment • Electronic Registration • Contingency Planning for Emergencies/Disasters • Early/No-Excuse Absentee Voting • Post-Election Audits • Electoral College*

  12. 2012 Pre-Election Turnover Over 35% 30% to 34% 25% to 29% Below 25%

  13. NCSL Resources