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Taking stock of 2024 presidential and statewide primary dates

As of May 26, 23 states have confirmed the dates for their 2024 presidential preference primaries. The remaining 27 states have not formally or officially confirmed their dates.

Of the 23 states that have confirmed presidential preference primary dates for 2024, seven—Alabama, California, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Texas—will hold their statewide primaries for other offices on the same day. South Carolina has the earliest confirmed 2024 presidential preference primary date on Feb. 3.

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An update on this year’s ballot measure certification

Twenty-six statewide measures have been certified for the ballot in eight states. That’s 11 more than the average number—15—certified at this point in odd-numbered years from 2011 to 2021.

Seven new measures were certified for the 2023 ballot last week:

  1. Louisiana Constitutional Right to Worship in a Church or Place of Worship Amendment
  2. Louisiana Prohibit Property Tax Exemptions for Nonprofits Owning Damaged Residential Property Amendment
  3. Texas Broadband Infrastructure Fund Amendment
  4. Texas Changes to Teacher Retirement System Amendment
  5. Texas Energy Fund Amendment
  6. Texas University Fund and Appropriations Limit Exemption Amendment
  7. Texas Water Fund Amendment

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Three special elections called so far in the 118th Congress

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I., 1st) became the most recent lawmaker to leave Congress this week. A special election to replace Cicilline is scheduled for Nov. 7, 2023. The other two special elections in this Congress are for a U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska, scheduled for Nov. 5, 2024, and for Virginia’s 4th Congressional District, which took place on Feb. 21.

A fourth special election will be called to complete the term of Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah, 2nd) once he leaves Congress.

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Explore how A.I. could affect political news on the latest episode of On the Ballot, our weekly podcast

This week, On the Ballot host Victoria Rose sat down with Joe Amditis, assistant director of products and events at the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, for a wide-ranging conversation about how A.I. might affect news, misinformation, and our political media ecosystem.

This is the first in what will be a series of episodes exploring how A.I. will affect the media and politics. Listen at the link below or wherever you get your podcasts!

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