“Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss NAACP LDF’s Lawsuit Against Discriminatory Alabama Voter ID Law”

Release: A federal court today denied a motion to dismiss a challenge to Alabama’s discriminatory voter ID law brought by plaintiffs represented by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. The ruling comes in the case of Greater Birmingham … Continue reading

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Federal Court in TX Voter ID Case Will Address Discriminatory Intent Claim in “Due Course,” Will Await Ruling on Remedies

From today’s order (via Josh Gerstein): Having heard re-argument, this Court intends to issue its new opinion on whether SB 14 was passed with a discriminatory intent in violation of the Voting Rights Act at its earliest convenience and in … Continue reading

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Huge North Carolina Voting Case, and Motion to Withdraw Cert. Petition, Taken Off #SCOTUS Conference Docket Again

Super interesting. Second time it is being rescheduled.  I explained what was supposed to happen tomorrow here. The governor and AG of North Carolina want to withdraw the petition and the Legislature does not. Something is going on behind the … Continue reading

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Analysis: Texas Redistricting Decision Major Victory for Voting Rights Bar and May Pave Way for Texas to Be Back under Federal Supervision

Last night I linked to the extensive ruling and findings of fact and conclusions of law in a very long-running dispute about whether Texas’s congressional districting were a violation of the Voting Rights Act and/or the Constitution. I have now … Continue reading

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NC Gov, AG File Reply Brief Arguing #SCOTUS Should Dismiss Cert. Petition in Controversial Voting Case

Brief: All of the petitioners in this case have moved to withdraw the pending petition. Thus, under normal operation of this Court’s rules, the petition should be dismissed. See S. Ct. R. 46.2(a). Seeking to derail this ministerial process, the … Continue reading

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“Justice Department changes its position in high-profile Texas voter-ID case”

Sari Horwitz for WaPo: The practical effect of the Justice Department’s decision is that civil rights groups will continue, without the backing of the federal government, to contest the purpose of the Texas law. “DOJ’s reversal in position defies rationality … Continue reading

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Breaking: NC General Assembly Will Object to Dismissing #SCOTUS Suit over Strict NC Voting Law, Moves to Add as Petitioner

Well, we’ve been expecting this. Here’s a motion to be filed at the Supreme Court objecting to NC AG’s motion to dismiss the cert. petition in the controversial NC voting case. And here’s a motion to add the Legislature and … Continue reading

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Some Clarification on What DOJ Is and Isn’t Doing in the Texas Voter ID Case

Before tomorrow’s hearing, the United States Department of Justice will ask a federal district court to voluntarily dismiss its claim that in enacting its strict voter identification law, Texas acted with a racially discriminatory purpose. There is nothing in the … Continue reading

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Breaking: Federal Court Denies Motion to Postpone Texas Voter ID Trial, Putting DOJ in Position to Change Sides in Litigation

A federal district court, following a remand from the Fifth Circuit, is considering whether Texas acted with racially discriminatory intent when it passed its controversial voter identification law. The district court had already made a finding that Texas had such … Continue reading

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“Race or Party, Party as Race, or Party All the Time: Three Uneasy Approaches to Conjoined Polarization In Redistricting and Voting Cases”

I have posted this draft on SSRN, for the forthcoming symposium on Redistricting after 2020 at William and Mary.  I think this piece brings together a lot of my thinking (and others’ thinking) on the “race or party” question in … Continue reading

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