Month: November 2015

Voting Rights Gets A New Scholarly Institution

Voting Rights litigators, advocates, experts and practitioners have a new resource both online and off with the newly established Voting Rights Institute at Georgetown Law. The institute was formed in partnership with the American Constitution Society and the Campaign Legal Center. Many of the stalwarts working behind the scenes in voting rights litigation came together… Read More ›

Weekly Redistricting Update

Florida: State Legislature Cries “Uncle,” Gives Up On a Legislative District Map Last week the Florida Legislature ended its second special redistricting session without a map for state senate districts. Senate leaders are throwing the issue back to the court, and have proposed that the court have a special master draw the map. This “proposal”… Read More ›

Supreme Ct Preview: Persily Amicus Brief on the One Person One Vote Requirement

In this latest Supreme Court case Evenwel v. Abbott, exploring the claim that political redistricting should focus on balancing the number of eligible voters in the population across districts as opposed to total population, several amicus briefs have been submitted by interested parties. None other than Nathaniel Persily; Stanford Law professor and a sought after… Read More ›

Redistricting Population Controversy: Pits Rural Against Urban

Vice President of litigation at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Nina Perales writes this article in the Washington Post’s “In Theory” series urging the Supreme Court to maintain total population as an acceptable standard for drawing political districts.

Redistricting Population Controversy: A Demographer’s View

Demographer and redistricting consultant Peter A. Morrison writes this article in the Washington Post’s “In Theory” segment urging the Supreme Court to require political districts be drawn so that “eligible voters” are equally distributed across them as opposed to the general population.