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Aug. 4, 2016
CSG Releases 2016 Volume of The Book of the States


LEXINGTON, Ky.--In an election year that has proven to be unlike any other, The Council of State Governments continues its longstanding tradition of sharing capitol ideas about elections and other critical state operations through the release of the 2016 volume of The Book of the States, available in print and electronic formats. Commonly known as “the encyclopedia of state governments,” this year’s volume of The Book of the States includes more than 100,000 data points, 150 tables and 30 articles, and features a range of information related to elections, including articles about digital voter registration, changing political landscapes and voting technology.


“Our election coverage is outstanding this year,” said Audrey Wall, managing editor of The Book of the States. The Book of the States includes comprehensive, timely data about various aspects of elections, from the campaign trail to the voting booth.” 


Since 1935, The Book of the States has provided relevant, accurate and timely information, answers and comparisons for states, commonwealths and territories of the United States.


As usual, the 2016 volume analyzes trends and includes numerous tables that relay information about the salaries of public officials, enacted legislation, state finances and more. This year’s volume also contains in-depth articles about racinos, hydraulic fracturing, higher education and women in state government.


“This edition of The Book of the States is chock-full of the kind of insights and comparative data that for decades has made this publication the go-to resource for state leaders, academics, libraries, media and not-for-profit organizations,” CSG Executive Director David Adkins said in the volume’s forward. “This book would not be possible without the generous assistance of our friends in the states on whom we rely to submit the data contained herein. We appreciate their partnership in this ongoing effort.”


To order a copy of the 2016 The Book of the States, visit the CSG store at csgstore.org.



The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.