January 19, 2022

Reference: Interactive “American Elections” Map Allows Users to Identify Changes to Voting Laws in All 50 States

From Swarthmore College:

So how does someone easily navigate individual state voting laws? Enter the enterprising students in Richter Professor of Political Science Carol Nackenoff’s American Elections class, who have created an interactive map that compresses the myriad changes to and differences in state voting laws into a single, easy-to-use tool.

The interactive map – developed in part thanks to a 2016 Summer SPEED grant – allows users to view changes to various state election voting laws over the past decade from a national perspective. Voting laws detailed in the map include registration rules and procedures, early voting, absentee voting, mail-in balloting, college student voting, voting by convicted felons, voter ID, and more.

Users have two options to get a better sense of state voting laws. The first involves selecting one of 16 layers – 13 of which represent a different voting law – to see a color-coded breakdown of how the laws have changed or have not changed across the nation since 2006.

The second option allows users to click on a specific state for an in-depth report on its elections laws. The reports vary slightly state to state, but often include a detailed history of that state’s voting laws, a breakdown of specific rulings that have altered the laws in the past decade, and where the state’s election laws stand in the broader context of the nation.

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