November 4, 2020 •

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Wins Reelection

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Incumbent Gov. Phil Scott won reelection for a third term as Governor of Vermont and defeated a challenge from current Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman. Gov. Scott has one of the highest governor approval ratings in the country and won the […]

Incumbent Gov. Phil Scott won reelection for a third term as Governor of Vermont and defeated a challenge from current Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman.

Gov. Scott has one of the highest governor approval ratings in the country and won the reelection by receiving nearly 69% of the vote.

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu Wins Third Term

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On November 3, incumbent Chris Sununu won reelection for his third term as Governor of New Hampshire. Gov. Sununu defeated Democrat challenger Dan Feltes, the state Senate majority leader. Gov. Sununu easily won reelection by receiving a projected 65% of […]

On November 3, incumbent Chris Sununu won reelection for his third term as Governor of New Hampshire.

Gov. Sununu defeated Democrat challenger Dan Feltes, the state Senate majority leader.

Gov. Sununu easily won reelection by receiving a projected 65% of the vote.

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November 4, 2020 •

Rhode Island Voters Approve Change to State Name

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In a close vote, Rhode Island voters approved Question 1, a resolution to change the state name. The resolution removes the term “and Providence Plantations” from the official state name referenced in the Preamble, Article III, and Article IX of […]

In a close vote, Rhode Island voters approved Question 1, a resolution to change the state name.

The resolution removes the term “and Providence Plantations” from the official state name referenced in the Preamble, Article III, and Article IX of the Rhode Island Constitution.

The governor and several political leaders have previously removed the term from official state and local documents over the summer.

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November 4, 2020 •

New Jersey Voters Approve Delay of Redistricting Schedule

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New Jersey voters approved Question 3, a resolution proposing to delay the legislative redistricting schedule due to the collection of census data. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the United States Census Bureau to delay its procedures for collecting census data. […]

New Jersey voters approved Question 3, a resolution proposing to delay the legislative redistricting schedule due to the collection of census data.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the United States Census Bureau to delay its procedures for collecting census data.

The approved constitutional amendment requires the Apportionment Commission to delay its adoption of new legislative districts until after the November 2021 election, if the United States Census Bureau does not provide the governor the redistricting census data by February 15, 2021.

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November 4, 2020 •

Massachusetts Voters Defeat Ranked Choice Proposal

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On Election Day, voters defeated Question 2, an Act to Implement Ranked-Choice Voting in Elections. The initiative was proposed to create a ranked-choice voting system in which voters rank one or more candidates by order of preference. Ranked-choice voting would […]

On Election Day, voters defeated Question 2, an Act to Implement Ranked-Choice Voting in Elections.

The initiative was proposed to create a ranked-choice voting system in which voters rank one or more candidates by order of preference.

Ranked-choice voting would have been used in primary and general elections for all Massachusetts statewide offices, state legislative offices, federal congressional offices, and certain other offices.

However, ranked choice voting would exclude elections for president, county commissioner, or regional district school committee members.

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November 4, 2020 •

North Dakota Voters Defeat a Constitutional Amendment

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Voters defeated a constitutional amendment that would have required approval of the legislature or voter approval twice for all initiated ballot measures. The amendment needed a simple majority of votes to pass. As of Wednesday morning, with 91% of votes […]

Voters defeated a constitutional amendment that would have required approval of the legislature or voter approval twice for all initiated ballot measures.

The amendment needed a simple majority of votes to pass.

As of Wednesday morning, with 91% of votes counted, the measure was defeated by 24%.

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November 4, 2020 •

Delaware Gov. Carney Wins Second Term

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On November 3, voters reelected incumbent John Carney to a second term as Governor of Delaware, defeating Republican challenger Julianne Murray. During the campaign, Gov. Carney received criticism from the opposing party on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. This […]

On November 3, voters reelected incumbent John Carney to a second term as Governor of Delaware, defeating Republican challenger Julianne Murray.

During the campaign, Gov. Carney received criticism from the opposing party on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This included a public mask mandate, as well as business shutdowns.

The election was expected to show whether Delaware voters approved of his administration’s handling of the pandemic.

Gov. Carney is constitutionally limited to two terms and may not seek another term in 2024.

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November 4, 2020 •

North Dakota Voters Defeat Constitutional Amendment

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Voters defeated a constitutional amendment changing the membership and meeting requirements of the state board of higher education. The failure of the measure keeps the number of individuals who serve on the state board of higher education at eight and […]

Voters defeated a constitutional amendment changing the membership and meeting requirements of the state board of higher education.

The failure of the measure keeps the number of individuals who serve on the state board of higher education at eight and their terms of membership at four years.

The amendment would have increased board membership to 15 and increased membership terms to six years and prohibited state legislators, elected state officials, and full-time state employees from serving on the board.

As of Wednesday morning, with 91% of the votes counted, the measure was overwhelmingly defeated by 45%.

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November 4, 2020 •

North Dakota Incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Burgum Reelected

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Incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Burgum easily won reelection in North Dakota. As of Wednesday morning, with 86% of votes counted, Burgum prevailed over Democratic candidate Shelley Lenz by roughly 42 percentage points. Additionally, Libertarian candidate DuWayne Hendrickson collected about 4 […]

Incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Burgum easily won reelection in North Dakota.

As of Wednesday morning, with 86% of votes counted, Burgum prevailed over Democratic candidate Shelley Lenz by roughly 42 percentage points.

Additionally, Libertarian candidate DuWayne Hendrickson collected about 4 percent of votes.

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November 4, 2020 •

Justice Comfortably Secures Second Term

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Gov. Jim Justice defeated Democratic challenger Ben Santiago to win reelection in West Virginia. Justice, who ran as a Democrat in 2016 narrowly defeating incumbent Bill Cole before switching party affiliations, comfortably secured his second term receiving twice as many […]

Gov. Jim Justice defeated Democratic challenger Ben Santiago to win reelection in West Virginia.

Justice, who ran as a Democrat in 2016 narrowly defeating incumbent Bill Cole before switching party affiliations, comfortably secured his second term receiving twice as many votes as his challenger.

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November 4, 2020 •

Missouri Voters Pass Constitutional Amendment Including Lobbyist Gift Ban

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Voters passed a constitutional amendment creating a lobbyist gift ban, reducing campaign contribution limits, and repealing redistricting. The measure amends Article III of the Constitution to prohibit all gifts from lobbyists or lobbyist principals to members of the General Assembly, […]

Voters passed a constitutional amendment creating a lobbyist gift ban, reducing campaign contribution limits, and repealing redistricting.

The measure amends Article III of the Constitution to prohibit all gifts from lobbyists or lobbyist principals to members of the General Assembly, staff members, and anyone employed by the General Assembly.

The amendment also reduces contribution limits made to or accepted by any candidate or committee for state senator from $2,500 to $2,400 per election.

There is no change for candidates for state representative.

The amendment also modifies the criteria for redrawing legislative districts and changes the process for redrawing state legislative district boundaries during redistricting.

The change happens by repealing the post of nonpartisan state demographer and giving all redistricting responsibility to a bipartisan commission, renaming them as the House Independent Bipartisan Citizens Commission and the Senate Independent Bipartisan Citizens Commission, respectively.

Additionally, the amendment increases membership on the commissions to 20 by adding four commissioners appointed by the Governor from nominations by the two major political party’s state committees.

As of Wednesday morning, with 98% of votes counted, these constitutional amendments had narrowly passed by 2% and are effective immediately.

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November 4, 2020 •

Cooper Secures Second Term, Robinson Becomes First African American Lieutenant Governor

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper defeated Republican challenger Dan Forest to win reelection. The election was close heading into the evening, but Cooper secured his second term in office. Republican Mark Robinson defeated Democrat Yvonne Holley to become North Carolina’s […]

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper defeated Republican challenger Dan Forest to win reelection.

The election was close heading into the evening, but Cooper secured his second term in office.

Republican Mark Robinson defeated Democrat Yvonne Holley to become North Carolina’s first African American Lieutenant Governor.

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November 4, 2020 •

Missouri Voters Defeat Constitutional Amendment

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Missouri voters defeated a constitutional amendment that would have extended term limits currently applicable to the governor and treasurer to all statewide elected officials. The failure of the amendment does not affect the term limits currently applicable to the governor […]

Missouri voters defeated a constitutional amendment that would have extended term limits currently applicable to the governor and treasurer to all statewide elected officials.

The failure of the amendment does not affect the term limits currently applicable to the governor and treasurer under Article IV, Section 17 of the Constitution.

Namely, that no person shall be elected governor or treasurer more than twice, and no person who has held the office of governor or treasurer, or acted as governor or treasurer, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected to the office of governor or treasurer shall be elected to the office of governor or treasurer more than once.

The amendment needed to receive a majority of votes to pass and as of Wednesday morning was defeated by only 4% with 98% of the votes counted.

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November 4, 2020 •

Iowans Oppose Holding Constitutional Convention

Voters opposed holding a convention to explore proposals for changes to the state constitution. This question automatically appears on the ballot every ten years pursuant to Article X, Section 3 of the Iowa Constitution. As of Wednesday morning, with 92% […]

Voters opposed holding a convention to explore proposals for changes to the state constitution.

This question automatically appears on the ballot every ten years pursuant to Article X, Section 3 of the Iowa Constitution.

As of Wednesday morning, with 92% of the vote counted, the measure is defeated by 40%.

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