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… Read More ›
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…. Read More ›
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… Read More ›
U.S. Supreme Court: Shelby County Cannot Recoup Attorney Fees for Winning Landmark Voting Rights Case
Today the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Shelby County, Alabama. It means that Shelby is stuck with the $2 million bill for winning its landmark case against the Voting Rights Act. It had filed a petition to recover… Read More ›
Is the Voting Rights still relevant in 2015? How has it changed voting since 1965? How has it been transformed along the way? Is it still an effective shield against state laws that hinder minority voting?
In this interview with AL.com (Alabama) Rev. Jesse Jackson voices his concerns about media coverage – or lack thereof, on the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision. Calling it a “game-changer,” Jackson says it is already leading to re-segregation.
James Blacksher, a practicing voting rights attorney in Alabama and Harvard Law professor and former DOJ Special Asst. to the AAG. for the Civil Rights Division, Lani Guinier write this article titled “Free at Last: Rejecting Equal Sovereignty and Restoring the… Read More ›
Tom Saenz of MALDEF explains at this Brookings Institution Conference.
The New York Times gives this handy outline of each justice’s opinion and reasoning in the seminal Voting Rights case Shelby v. Holder. Read it here.
Richard Kreitner writes for Nation on a little used Section of the 14th Amendment, which he proposes should be used to punish voting rights infractions in the states. Read the article here.