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Court Rules 28 of 170 N.C. Legislative Districts are Racial Gerrymanders

North Carolina – Last Thursday, a three-judge U.S. District Court panel ruled that 28 of the Republican-drawn districts for the N.C. legislature were indeed unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. The Republican practice of making “safe” minority districts even “safer” to comply with the Voting Rights Act was completely disavowed by the court.  In short, the Voting Rights Act […]

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VA State Supreme Court Blocks Executive Order Restoring Voting Rights to Felons

Virginia – On Friday, Virginia’s state supreme court blocked governor Terry McAuliffe’s move to restore voting rights to felons that have completed their sentence in a scathing 4-3 opinion that chided the state’s top executive for the “unprecedented scope, magnitude, and categorical nature” of the executive order. Read more in the Wall Street Journal. The court emphasized […]

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Unpacking the Texas Voter ID Decision

Philadelphia, Pa. –  Lyle Denniston of The Nation Constitution Center in Philadelphia writes this thorough review of the Circuit Court’s decision in Veasey et al. v. Abbott, which significantly modifies implementation of Texas’ voter ID law.  It was a 203 page opinion, Denniston details the reasoning of the plurality, concurrences and the dissent. Read more […]

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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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Augusta City Election Officials Perplexed at Running Elections Without DOJ Supervision

In this local news story, election officials in Augusta City, GA remain befuddled about how to proceed with elections without having to report to the Justice Dept. on their every move. Apparently, the preclearance process has become such an institution in the city, official are at a loss on how to proceed.

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Court Rules 28 of 170 N.C. Legislative Districts are Racial Gerrymanders

North Carolina - Last Thursday, a three-judge U.S. District Court panel ruled that 28 of the Republican-drawn districts for the N.C. legislature were indeed unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. The … [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) Court to Decide Illinois Redistricting Reform Fate Soon

Illinois - Redistricting reform in Illinois will soon get a decision from a court on whether a proposed 11 member redistricting commission can be submitted to voters as a ballot initiative for an up … [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...]