ICYMI: Top stories of the week


31 states place no restrictions on who can purchase voter file data

Voter file data is available for purchase in every U.S. state and Washington, D.C. Each state has developed its own guidelines regarding the sale of voter registration data, and the cost to purchase voter files can range from $0 in 11 states to $37,000 in Alabama. Thirty-one states have open availability on voter file data, meaning they have no restrictions on the types of individuals and groups that can purchase file data.

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There are 75 vacancies in the federal judiciary with 42 to come

There are currently 75 vacancies on the federal judicial bench and another 42 judges are slated to retire or assume senior status in the weeks ahead. These vacancies are for Article III judgeships, which are lifetime presidential appointments. All nominees are subject to Senate confirmation.

As of Aug. 1, Biden had nominated 130 individuals to Article III judgeships. Fifty-six are in the confirmation process and 74 had been confirmed.

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116 statewide measures certified for this year’s ballot

As of Aug. 3, 116 statewide measures have been certified for the ballot in 35 states. That’s 31 fewer than the average number certified at this point in other even-numbered years from 2010 to 2020. 

Three new measures in Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada were certified for the ballot in the past two weeks:

There are 17 initiatives in seven states that have submitted signatures for verification. 

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A third state will vote on marijuana legalization this November

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (R) announced Tuesday that a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana qualified for the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The citizen-initiated ballot measure, led by the Legal Missouri 2022 campaign, needed 171,592 signatures to qualify for the ballot. Legal Missouri 2022 submitted more than 385,000 signatures in May. 

If approved, the measure would amend the Missouri Constitution to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21. 

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