Month: July 2016

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… Read More ›

Meet the Man Behind the Texas Voter ID Lawsuit

Texas – U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey was a state legislator in Texas when that body passed a comprehensive Voter Identification law.  He had misgivings after witnessing the legislative debate and eventually sued.  North Texas public radio’s Rick Holter sat down with Veasey, who represents Texas’ 33rd congressional district, to discuss what brought him to sue and whether… Read More ›

U.S. Census Bureau Extends Comment on Residence Rules

Washington DC – The Census Bureau is extending the comment period on the Proposed 2020 Census Residence Criteria and Residence Situations, which was published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2016. The comment period for the proposed criteria, which would have ended on August 1, 2016, is now extended until September 1, 2016. The full text of… Read More ›

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… Read More ›

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, which specifies 7 types of photo identification that must be used to register and vote – has been… Read More ›

NPR Speaks with the Author of Rat-F@#*ed:Detailing the Republican Party’s Gerrymandering Strategy

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Salon’s editor-in-chief David Daley, author of the recent book detailing the Republican strategy to “gerrymander” it’s way into political dominance; Rat-F*****: The True Story Behind The Secret Plan To Steal America’s Democracy.”  Listen below.

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… Read More ›

Delaware Passes Law Restoring Voting Rights to Felons With Outstanding Court Debts

Delaware – Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday signed a bill that allows felons to vote before they have paid all fines, fees and restitution. Previously, all fines, charges, fees associated with a conviction had to be satisfied before restoration of voting rights. The Delaware legislature recently removed a 5 year waiting period requirement for felons that served… Read More ›

Group Sues Over Louisiana Ex-Felon Voting Law

Baton Rouge, LA – Ex-felon voting rights will depend on a turn of phrase as a voting rights group sues to have the state’s law barring ex-felons from overturned.  The plaintiffs in the case contend that Louisiana’s state constitution only always denial of the franchise for those who are imprisoned, on probation or on parole,… Read More ›

Judicial Watch to Defend Voters Challenging Constitutionality of Maryland’s Congressional Redistricting Maps

WASHINGTON, DC–( July 08, 2016) – A special, three-judge panel will consider a constitutional challenge to Maryland’s gerrymandered congressional district map on Tuesday, July 12. Judicial Watch Attorney Robert Popper will appear before the panel on behalf of voters from each of Maryland’s eight congressional districts. The plaintiffs challenging Maryland’s congressional district plan include Maryland… Read More ›