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NPR and Scotusblog Recap Oral Arguments in Racial Gerrymandering Case

Wash. DC – NPR’s Nina Totenberg recaps Supreme Court oral arguments in , Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections and McCrory v. Harris;  the racial gerrymandering claims arising from the Virginia state legislative and the North Carolina congressional map, which were heard on Monday.  Click below for audio. Read Scotusblog’s analysis here.    

Duke University Team Dabbles with Its Own Algorithm for Measuring Partisan Gerrymandering

North Carolina – It isn’t Efficiency Gap Analysis, but a team of mathematicians at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy have applied its own model (Markov Chain Monte Carlo method) to measuring the extent of partisan gerrymanders.  The algorithm produces maps with districts that have proven to be comparably more competitive than the actual… Read More ›

NPR Talks with Law Profs About Racial Gerrymandering in the Supreme Court

Wash. DC – NPR’s Nina Totenberg discusses the North Carolina racial gerrymandering claim to be heard today before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Totenberg chats with Stanford law professor Nathaniel Persily and Richard Hasen of University of California Irvine about the two congressional districts in dispute and how the court has dealt with similar claims in… 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 ›

Video – The Voting Rights Act 50 Yrs. Later

Wash. DC: Professors Julian Zelizer and Orville Vernon Burton talked about the factors that led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and challenges to voter’s rights after the Supreme Court invalidated part of the act in 2013.      

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.

NCSL Covers the Evolution of the Voting Rights Act

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?

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.  

Who Tells Martin Luther King “Thanks But No Thanks?” – Explore this Civil Rights History Project

In this 50th year following the enactment of the Voting Rights Act a new website has launched that will peer deep into the roots of the civil rights movement that sparked the nationwide call for racial justice. Duke University collaborates for the first time with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) founding members to provide more… Read More ›

Anatomy of a Section 2 Lawsuit: Ferguson-Florissant School District

The Missouri State Conference of the NAACP filed a lawsuit against the Ferguson-Florissant School District this past December in a quest to discontinue the at-large elections of its seven member board and instead divide the school district into seven election districts from which each board member will be elected. Changing the method of election in… Read More ›