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 […]

PODCAST: Georgetown Public Policy Review Talks Voting Rights in 2016

From the Georgetown of Politics and Public Service, IPPS fellow Buffy Wicks, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Ari Berman, reporter for The Nation join Georgetown Public Policy Review executive media editor Matt Emeterio to discuss the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, recent changes restricting access to the ballot, and what will happen […]

Supreme Ct Preview: Persily Amicus Brief on the One Person One Vote Requirement

In this latest Supreme Court case Evenwel v. Abbott, exploring the claim that political redistricting should focus on balancing the number of eligible voters in the population across districts as opposed to total population, several amicus briefs have been submitted by interested parties. None other than Nathaniel Persily; Stanford Law professor and a sought after […]

One Person?/Voter?/Citizen? One Vote

Does the constitution guarantee every person the right to an equally weighted vote? or just to eligible voters? or perhaps just citizens?

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.  

Supreme Court Looks Past Weak Pleadings to Find Potential Racial Gerrymander in Alabama Map

The Supreme Court’s recent opinion remanding a challenge by Black state officials to the 2012 Alabama Legislative district map back to a federal district court is relatively short for a majority opinion but chock full of legal nuggets as the justices’ focused on several bases for returning this case back to a lower court to […]

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 […]

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 […]