ICYMI: Top stories of the week


87% of Americans live in a county that has voted for the same party in the past three presidential elections

Almost nine in 10 Americans live in a county that has voted for the same party in the past three presidential elections. We describe these counties as either Solid Democratic or Solid Republican. After the 2020 presidential election, 288 million Americans lived in either a Solid Democratic or Republican county, 87.2% of the 330 million covered in our analysis.

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Mail-in voter registration deadlines coming up in 21 states

Voters in 21 states and the District of Columbia have mail-in voter registration deadlines coming up to participate in their primary or primary runoff elections. In three states—Idaho, Nebraska, and North Carolina—those registration deadlines are today, April 22. This is the last day a voter can submit a registration form by mail in time to participate in the primary in those states.

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One month until the next statewide filing deadline

The flurry of March/April filing deadlines concluded Tuesday, when the deadline passed in Michigan. In total, 28 states had filing deadlines in March and April and 35 have passed so far in this election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on May 20 in Washington. Fifteen statewide filing deadlines are in May, June, and July.

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Placentia-Yorba Linda School District votes to bar critical race theory from classrooms

On April 15, the trustees of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District in California voted 3-2 to pass a resolution prohibiting the teaching of critical race theory in schools. 

The resolution states that the school district “supports efforts in education to promote equity, respect, diversity; celebrate the contributions of all; and encourage culturally relevant and inclusive teaching practices, but will not allow the use of Critical Race Theory as a framework to guide such efforts.”

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