In 2019, a lot is riding on races for governor, attorney general, DA, sheriffs, or on legislative battles. This cheat sheet (briefly) unpacks some stakes, links to more information. (You can always revisit the larger 2018 version!)
You can use this printer-friendly, PDF version of the cheat sheet. You can also access the spreadsheet directly on Google Docs here. It will be updated live on Nov. 5.
You can follow me @Taniel. All notes here are my own and don’t represent an organization.
Notes: (1) Primaries already saw important results, e.g. in VA or PA, as did LA’s Oct. 12 elections. (2) A fair share of this sheet concerns criminal justice. For more, visit The Appeal: Political Report, of which I’m the editor, which has an interactive tool of hot spots. You can also read my guide, or subscribe to my newsletter. (3) Also visit Daily Kos Elections and Sabato’s Crystal Ball for more resources on state elections; credit to them, and Chaz Nuttycombe, for identifying key legislative districts in LA, NJ, and VA. (Links in spreadsheet.) (3) KY and MS disenfranchise the highest share of U.S. citizens, so their elections have especially exclusionary conditions; but disenfranchisement is an issue in nearly every state.
Come back for updates!