ICYMI: Top stories of the week


Introducing the Election Administration Legislation Tracker

On Wednesday, Ballotpedia announced the launch of our new Election Administration Legislation Tracker—a resource to help you quickly and easily track election-related legislation in all 50 states. 

This free and accessible online resource allows you to find easy-to-digest bill tags and summaries—written and curated by our election administration experts. Using our powerful interactive search function, you can zero in on more than 2,500 bills (and counting) covering a wide range of topics.

We’re also offering a free, weekly digest that goes straight to your inbox and keeps you caught up on the week’s developments.

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We’ve got June 28 election results!

On Tuesday, we covered statewide primaries in Colorado, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah. Here are some highlights:

  • Joe O’Dea wins Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Colorado: O’Dea defeated Ron Hanks in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Colorado, winning 55% of the vote to Hanks’ 46%. O’Dea and Hanks differed on their stance regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, with O’Dea saying Joe Biden (D) had won and Hanks saying Donald Trump (R) had won.
  • Darren Bailey wins Republican nomination for governor of Illinois: Bailey defeated five other candidates to win the Republican nomination for governor of Illinois. Bailey had 58% of the vote to runner-up Jesse Sullivan’s 16%. Bailey’s endorsers included President Trump (R) and U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R).
  • Kathy Hochul wins nomination for full term as governor of New York: New York Gov. Hochul (D), who ascended to the post following Andrew Cuomo’s (D) resignation last year, won the Democratic nomination for a full term as governor over two challengers. Hochul had 67% of the vote to runner-up Jumaane Williams’ 20%.

See full results at the link below.

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Legislatures took action on 159 election-related bills in June

In June, legislatures in 19 states and the District of Columbia took action on 159 election bills, ranging from introducing a bill, holding a committee vote, or passing a measure out of a chamber. Forty-seven of those 159 bills were enacted.

Thirty-nine percent of those bills were concentrated in three states: Arizona (21), Louisiana (20), and New Jersey (21). Read more in Friday’s edition of the Daily Brew.

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Breaking down election administration laws enacted in 2022

As of this week, state legislatures in 33 states and the District of Columbia have enacted 162 election bills during the 2022 calendar year. Five of these states have enacted more than 10 election bills each: Louisiana (17), Tennessee (15), West Virginia (13), Rhode Island (12), and Arizona (11). 

States with Republican trifectas have seen the greatest number of enacted bills: 81 (50.0 percent of the total). States with Democratic trifectas have enacted 39 bills (24.1 percent of the total). States with divided governments have enacted 42 bills (25.9 percent of the total).

See the article below for more on the bills that have been enacted so far in 2022.

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