Chief Justice Roberts Requests Response in NC Racial Gerrymandering Case

North Carolina – A three-judge federal appeals court panel ruled that 28 state legislative districts in North Carolina’s 2010 redistricting map were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders that diluted the votes of black and Hispanic voters.  The state has appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the lower federal court has already given an order to the North […]

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 […]

Cumulative Voting for School Board Ordered By Federal Court in Missouri

Missouri – Late last month a federal district court ended a two year challenge to the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s use of at-large elections for its seven member school board.  The court ruled in August, that at-large elections for board members did violate section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.  The court’s order requires the school district to […]

NAACP-LDF Releases Catalog of Voting Law Changes Since Shelby Decision

Washington, DC – Last week the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund released this report detailing state, county, and local voting changes proposed or implemented,  during the past three years since the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder halting the Department of Justice’s preclearance system that operated to preapprove voting changes made by […]

Common Cause Conference Gives Glimpse Into Post-Shelby Activity in the South

Washington, DC – On March 8 – 9, Common Cause held its Blueprint for a Great Democracy convention.  This session on Race, Redistricting, and Representation gives an extensive overview of redistricting / voting issues in the South and Southwest, especially since the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision. Speakers include Allison Riggs, Senior Attorney, Southern Coalition for […]

Federal Panel Rejects Two North Carolina Congressional Districts

North Carolina – A federal court panel ruled late Friday that two of North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts were racially gerrymandered and must be redrawn within two weeks, sparking uncertainty about whether the March primary elections can proceed as planned. An order from a three-judge panel bars elections in North Carolina’s 1st and 12th congressional […]

Strange Alliances in Fayetteville Voting Rights Lawsuit

Fayetteville, Georgia – Fayetteville’s school board and board of commissioners reluctantly have decided to do away with at-large voting. Ironically, some blacks are not happy with a decision that was meant to benefit them. This article in the Atlanta-Journal-Constitution details the not so typical suburb’s unique politics. Read more.

Top Redistricting Litigator Talks “Texas” in Latest ELB Podcast

Electionlawblog’s Rick Hasen talks voting rights and redistricting litigation with Nina Perales of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. This podcast series explores the world of election law and its ever evolving policy.

Bernard Grofman Selected by Virginia Court to Redraw Congressional Map

Richmond, VA: Dr. Bernard Grofman, an economics and political science professor at the University of California, Irvine has been selected by a federal district court panel in Virginia as the expert line drawer for the states’ embattled congressional map.

A Fight Over Transparency in the Virginia Congressional District Court Case

Richmond Va: The fight over Virginia’s 3rd congressional district continues as the various defendants in the case petitioned the District Court to allow the various maps proposed to the court be posted online. The court has already determined that the 3rd district enacted by the Richmond legislature and governor in 2012 improperly diluted minority voter […]