Election legislation roundup: North Carolina State Senate

As of March 26, Ballotpedia has tracked seven election-related bills in the North Carolina State Senate since the beginning of the year. Of the seven, Ballotpedia tracked one from March 20-26. Democrats sponsored the bill. The bill is:

  • NC S349: Whiz Kids/Slow Pokes Voter Registration, Sens. Dan Blue (D), Paul Lowe (D), Natasha Marcus (D), Graig Meyer (D), Natalie Murdock (D), and Kandie Smith (D).
    • A summary has not been provided yet.

During the week of March 20-26, Ballotpedia tracked 50 Senate election-related bills nationally. As of March 26, Ballotpedia has tracked 770 Senate bills nationally. Ballotpedia tracked the most Senate bills this year in the New York State Senate with 125, while Ballotpedia tracked the fewest Senate bills in Louisiana and Massachusetts with zero. Republicans sponsored 367 of these bills, while Democrats sponsored 311. Minor party sponsorship and bills with no sponsors accounted for 67 bills, while bipartisan legislators sponsored 25. 

As of March 26, Ballotpedia has tracked 382 Senate bills in Democratic trifectas and 301 Senate bills in Republican trifectas. A trifecta is when one political party holds the governorship and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. Ballotpedia has tracked 87 Senate bills in states where neither party holds trifecta control.

The North Carolina Senate is scheduled to be in session from Jan. 11 to Aug. 31 this year. In 2022, Ballotpedia tracked eight Senate bills related to election administration. Two of these bills passed both chambers and one was enacted into law. North Carolina is a divided government, meaning neither party holds trifecta control.

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