Arizona County Announces Reform Commission After Primary Election Disaster

Arizona – After a fiasco of a primary election, Maricopa County, Arizona will establish a new election reform commission to provide “oversight” over election officials.  Maricopa’s election “disaster” included long waiting lines to vote after a nearly 70% decrease in polling places, errors on the ballots, and flawed registration procedures.  The Phoenix New Times reports the […]

Will the Court’s Arizona Spawn More Independent Commissions?

Now that the Supreme Court has sanctioned Independent Redistricting Commissions brought about by voter ballot intiatives, will more states follow? Is this an effective way to thwart Republican gerrymanders? Michael Sargeant and Mark Schauer ponder these questions in this article in The Hill Blog. They point out that ballot initiatives are not widely available among the […]

Watch: Debate and analysis of the Supreme Court’s Arizona Independent Redistricting decision on Arizona’s PBS News Hour.

Watch: Debate and analysis of the Supreme Court’s Arizona Independent Redistricting decision on Arizona’s PBS News Hour.  

Print News Coverage of the Supreme Court’s Arizona Redistricting Commission Decision Monday

 Print News Coverage of the Supreme Court’s Arizona Redistricting Commission Decision Monday SCOTUSBLOG: Chief Justices’ Robert’s broad stance on the meaning of “Legislature” in the Arizona Redistricting case versus a narrow reading of “Legislature” in his Affordable Care Act case dissent. NPR: Law Prof. Rick Hasen speaks to NPR about Chief Justice Robert’s dissent and […]

SCOTUSNow Predicts Winner / Losers in Arizona Redistricting Case by Question Count

One Chicago-Kent College of Law blog likes to predict winners and losers in major supreme court cases by counting the questions during oral argument. According to the blog author’s own statistics, his method is 63% accurate recently – but he says Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is nearly a toss up when it […]

Listen to Supreme Court Oral Argument in the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Case

Last week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The case revolves around the Republican-led legislatures’ challenge to a state constitutional amendment that voters passed by initiative in 2000 giving a bipartisan commission control over redrawing Arizona’s state and congressional district boundaries. While there are some initial […]

Early Analysis of Supreme Court Oral Argument in Arizona Redistricting Case

Hear are early assessments of the Supreme Court’s oral argument yesterday in Arizona Legislative Black Caucus v. Arizona. Click the links for analysis. SCOTUSBLOG: Argument analysis: Literalism vs. the power of the people NYT: Court Skeptical of Arizona Plan for Less-Partisan Congressional Redistricting NPR: Supreme Court Seems Divided Over Independent Redistricting Commissions Politico: High Court […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Current Voting Rights Cases Explained in Plain Terms

Stanford Law Review president Michael Mestitz explains three Voting Rights Act cases before the Supreme Court this term in layman’s terms. Read the article here.