North Carolina Files Supreme Court Cert. Petition in Major Voting Law Case; What Happens Now with Democratic Gov. and AG?

Back in July, the Fourth Circuit struck down  North Carolina’s “monster” voting law, a law which among other things imposed a strict voter id requirement (later watered down in the face of litigation), cutback early voting, killed same day voter … Continue reading

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“Civil Rights Organizations Applaud Timely Release by Census Director Identifying Jurisdictions that Must Provide Language Assistance under Section 203 of Voting Rights Act”

Release: On December 5, 2016, the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau issued a notice of determination identifying the jurisdictions subject to the language assistance provisions of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which are available at 81 Federal … Continue reading

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My One Personal Interaction with Sen. Sessions Does Not Give Me Confidence About Strong Voting Rights Enforcement with Him as AG

Others have written about Senator Jeff Sessions,  President-Elect Trump’s expected nominee for Attorney General, and questions of race and voting rights. I can add only one thing from personal experience. In 2006, I testified (that day, along with Professors Sam Issacharoff and … Continue reading

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Bert Rein, Lawyer for Shelby County, Says Maybe #SCOTUS Decision Good Because It Deterred “Some Illegals” from Voting

Wow: Both Kang and Hasen said whether the Shelby decision tipped the election is less important than whether it unnecessarily disenfranchised any number of voters, even if it was less than a substantial amount. We put the same question to … Continue reading

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“Amicus: Intimidation Nation — Lawyers challenging punitive voting restrictions in Ohio are making an eleventh hour appeal to the Supreme Court.”

Dahlia Lithwick podcast: In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, many states made changes to their voting laws that may disproportionately harm minorities. This week, lawyers in Ohio filed an emergency motion with … Continue reading

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Breaking: WI Voter ID Judge Won’t Scrap Law for Election, Will Order State to Give Better Information to Voters

See the series of tweets from Patrick Marley. The judge apparently invoked the Purcell Principle against making changes too close to the election, but said plaintiffs could go back to 7th Circuit for emergency relief. Marley: “Judge says he will … Continue reading

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