Supreme Court Dismisses Texas Democratic Party Petition Raising Partisan Gerrymandering Case, After Agreeing to Hear Texas Appeal on Voting Rights Act and Racial Gerrymandering Issues

I noted on Friday the Supreme Court’s order to hear two Texas redistricting appeals raising claims under the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution (including racially discriminatory intent and racial gerrymandering claims). I also noted that the Court did not … Continue reading

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“Arguments in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute – What’s a state to do?”

David Becker: So again, Justice Breyer’s question reflects what states have been going through with regard to list maintenance. Despite the false choice often presented by partisans, states don’t want a list maintenance procedure that’s overbroad, leading to false positives … Continue reading

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Analysis: Supreme Court Agrees to Hear (Part of) Texas Redistricting Cases, But Not Partisan Gerrymandering; What Does It Mean, and What About North Carolina?

As expected, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear both the state and congressional Texas redistricting cases, consolidating them, postponing a decision on jurisdiction (more on that below), and likely (but not certainly) setting them up for argument in April and a decision by … Continue reading

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Are Justice Breyer or Justice Gorsuch in Play in the Ohio Voter Purge Case, Will the Justices Divide Along Familiar Party Lines, or Is It All Kennedy Again?

Today the voting wars reached the Supreme Court, which heard oral argument in Husted v. A Philip Randolph Institute, a case which concerns an Ohio law which makes it relatively easy to remove voters from the rolls. While there might … Continue reading

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Three-Judge Federal Court, on 2-1 Vote, Rejects Partisan Gerrymandering Challenge to Pa. Congressional Districts Under the Elections Clause

Via the Brennan Center’s Agre v. Wolf page, there are the three opinions (the final one is the dissent): Final Judgment (January 10, 2018) Memorandum by Honorable Judge Smith (January 10, 2018) Memorandum by Honorable Judge Shwartz (January 10, 2018) Memorandum by Honorable … Continue reading

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“White House Official Says Voter Fraud Panel Found Nothing, Will Delete Voter Data”

HuffPost: A White House official told a federal judge Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s now-defunct voter fraud commission plans to delete the voter data it collected from about 20 states and contradicted the administration’s public statements saying the Department of Homeland Security … Continue reading

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Breaking: Court Ends Consent Decree Against RNC “Ballot Security” Activities, Raising New Risks of Voter Suppression

As I expected, a federal district court has ended a consent decree in place since 1981 against the Republican National Committee against so-called “ballot security” measures which seemed aimed at suppressing minority voter turnout. I recently explained in Slate why … Continue reading

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