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Maryland Judge Orders Legislative Leaders to Testify in Partisan Gerrymandering Case

Maryland – Nearly four years after Bethesda, Md. resident Stephen M. Shapiro and other Maryland voters filed a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit against Maryland’s congressional district map, a judge has ordered the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and the President of the Maryland Senate to testify in the case and turn over documents, rejecting […]

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Meet The Democrat’s Secret Redistricting Weapon in 2020

Watch MSNBC interview Kelly Ward, former executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about her new role as the Democrat party’s answer to the wildly successful national Republican redistricting strategy.   Ward is interim executive director of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, – a project of President Obama and former Attorney General, Eric Holder – […]

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Discussion on Wisconsin Partisan Gerrymandering Decision on Bloomberg

Listen to Stanford Law Professor Nathan Persily and Ruth Greenwood, deputy director of Redistricting at the Campaign Legal Center, discuss a Wisconsin federal panel’s approval of a long-sought after measure for partisan gerrymandering. Press to Listen

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Video: Sen. Jeff Sessions on Voting Rights

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Texas Federal Court Imposes Preclearance on City of Pasadena

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Texas Federal Court Imposes Preclearance on City of Pasadena

Pasadena, Texas – The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in this ruling invalidated the city’s move from an eight-member district redistricting map to a mixed map of six single member districts and two at-large seats for electing its city council.  The court’s finding of minority vote dilution (of Hispanic voters) under […]

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Navajo Lawsuit Against Off-Reservation Polling Places Survives Motion to Dismiss

Utah – Residents of a Navajo reservation have filed suit against San Juan county election officials after polling places were closed in and around the reservation.  While county voters may mail-in their ballots, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that there is no “in-person” voting available on the reservation, and this interferes with the reservation […]

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City in Orange County California Skips Court and Abolishes At-Large Voting

San Juan Capistrano, CA – This town of around 35,000 in Orange County, California boasts a burgeoning Latino population of nearly 40%. City council members have been historically elected at-large by city voters, but a recent lawsuit field by a Latino voting rights group sparked debate and in the end, city officials agreed to elect council members […]

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Maryland Judge Orders Legislative Leaders to Testify in Partisan Gerrymandering Case

Maryland - Nearly four years after Bethesda, Md. resident Stephen M. Shapiro and other Maryland voters filed a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit against Maryland's congressional district map, a judge … [Read More...]

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Senators cited for contempt in redistricting case

Lawmakers are challenging a judge's order to turn over documents, claiming legislative privilege. Source: Senators cited for contempt in redistricting case … [Read More...]

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Video: Sen. Jeff Sessions on Voting Rights

Washington. DC: Here is the exchange between Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) and Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions on voting, voter fraud, and the Voting Rights Act.   … [Read More...]

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Texas Appeals Court Rejects Voter ID Law. Sort of

Texas - This Wednesday the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a major blow to the 2011 Texas Voter ID law which has been in effect now since 2013.  The main legal challenge against this law, … [Read More...]

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Understanding Prison Gerrymandering and Its Cure: Prisoner Reallocation

Long overlooked in the context of redistricting, prisoners are counted by the U.S. Census Bureau as residents of the institutions they are incarcerated in. The goal of redistricting electoral … [Read More...]