Month: February 2015

Previewing Supreme Court Oral Argument in Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission v. Arizona

Michael Morley ( assistant professor of law at the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law at Barry University) and Nick Stephanopoulos (assistant professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School) join Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitutional Center to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court oral arguments in Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission v. Arizona scheduled… Read More ›

Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Upheld by Federal Court

Los Angeles – City Council President Herb Wesson was vindicated by a federal court’s ruling that the council’s controversial 2012 redistricting map was not an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.  Despite so-called damning video evidence submitted by plaintiffs that showed Wesson telling an audience that the map “guaranteed” at least two minority council members going forward, the… Read More ›

WATCH:2020 Quarterly Program Management Review

Washington, DC – The Census Bureau recently held its Quarterly Program Management Review. The review focuses on development of 2020 Census Concept of Operations, results from the 2014 Census Test, 2015 testing status and testing planned for 2016. Read the Agenda

American Constitution Society Brief: Will the Supreme Court Endanger Election Reform?

 February 24, 2015 ACS is pleased to distribute “Another Attack on Election Reform: Congressional Redistricting Commissions,” an Issue Brief by Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School. In 2011, the Supreme Court struck down an attempt by Arizona voters to… Read More ›

Alabama Law Review Symposium: 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

 Tuscaloosa, Alabama – February 27 8:00am -5:00pm The University of Alabama School of Law is pleased to announce the presenters for the Alabama Law Review’s Voting Rights Act Symposium. Join us as the nation’s foremost experts on the Voting Rights Act commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this historic enactment. The symposium is 8 a.m.-5 p.m…. Read More ›

VRA at 50: March 4th at Ohio State Univ. Moritz College of Law

Ohio – On March 4, two experts will address the history, legacy, and  future of the Voting Rights Act in events presented by The Ohio State  University’s Moritz College of Law, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Kirwan Institute. Pam Karlan, deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the… Read More ›

Latino Activists Consider Voting Rights Lawsuit Against Orange County”

Orange County, CA – The local Board of Supervisor election pit Latino voters against Asian voters and some Latinos in the community are considering a federal lawsuit. Read.

Meet The Press Tackles the Voting Rights Act Amendment

Its been over 18 months since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, can Republicans and Democrats bridge the divide on the Voting Rights Act Amendment (VRAA) in Congress? Meet the Press sat down with Sherrilyn Ifill (NAACP-LDEF) and Rep. Charlie Dent R-Pa) last weekend to discuss the possibilities…. Read More ›

Census Bureau Begins 2015 Testing in 2 States

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Census Bureau will begin the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah, Ga., area on Feb. 23 by allowing residents to register for the upcoming test using its “Notify Me” website. Residents across 20 counties in Georgia and South Carolina will have the opportunity to specify how they… Read More ›

Virginia House Committee Tables Redistricting Reform Bill

Richmond– A bill that would require Virginia legislators to redistrict without using political data was stuck down in a House subcommittee Thursday. Senate Bill 840, which passed the Va. senate unanimously, was tabled in the Elections subcommittee of the House Committee on Privileges and Elections. Read more here.