“Scalia’s Goal Of Unwinding Voter Protections Is Becoming A Reality”

I have written this piece for TPM Cafe. It begins: In a Supreme Court term already bursting with election cases, from two partisan gerrymandering disputes to a fight about the permissibility of Ohio’s voter purges to a lawsuit challenging bans on political clothing in Minnesota polling places, it’s … Continue reading

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Speaking Monday in Memphis About Voting Rights 50 Years After MLK with Debo Adegbile, Sherrilyn Ifill, Pam Karlan, and Steve Mulroy

This University of Memphis/MLK 50 event should be outstanding, and especially the voting rights panel. I’m honored to be included. I’ll be talking about this draft “Of Civil Right No. 1: Dr. King’s Unfinished Voting Rights Revolution,”  which is forthcoming in a … Continue reading

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“Georgia Republicans are trying to eliminate Sunday voting to suppress black turnout”

Kira Lerner: Georgia Republicans are advancing a bill through the state legislature that would suppress African-American turnout by eliminating Sunday voting and cutting the hours that polls are open in Atlanta. The bill, SB 363, would force polls in the majority African American … Continue reading

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Federal Court Holds Kern County, California Violated Voting Rights Act by Not Creating a Second Latino Opportunity District for Supervisorial Elections

You can find the district court’s opinion here. There will be further proceedings to address the remedy. For the quantitative folks, there’s an interesting Morgan Kousser-Jonathan Katz methodological dispute over how to measure racially polarized voting.   … Continue reading

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Breaking and Analysis: Three Judge Court in North Carolina Racial Gerrymandering Case Unanimously Adopts Special Master Plans for Remedying Violations; Next Stop SCOTUS?

In a unanimous and expected opinion and order (92 page pdf), the three judge court in the Covington case, on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, adopted special master Nate Persily’s plan to adopt new legislative districts to cure the racial … 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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Trump DOJ Sides with Texas Again in Voter ID Case, Opposing Plaintiffs’ Motion to Lift Stay in Case

DOJ filing: The United States opposes private plaintiffs-appellees’ motion to lift the stay pending appeal that the motions panel entered on September 5, 2017. The parties’ merits briefs and oral argument before this Court only reinforce the strong likelihood that … Continue reading

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