“Attorney General Paxton Asks SCOTUS to Declare Redistricting Attorneys’ Fees Award Unconstitutional Under Shelby County v. Holder”

Press release: The Texas Attorney General’s Office today petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in State of Texas v. Wendy Davis, et al. to review and hold unconstitutional an award of attorneys’ fees to parties who challenged Texas’s redistricting maps. The … Continue reading

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“State wants federal judge to rule on Voter ID before March primaries”

Winston-Salem Journal: State attorneys want a federal judge to dismiss the legal challenge to North Carolina’s voter-identification law before the March 2016 presidential primary, according to court documents filed Wednesday. And though the plaintiffs, including the North Carolina chapter of … Continue reading

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“It’s Still a Struggle; The fight for voting rights hasn’t been the straightforward battle we once might have expected to win and be done with.”

Sam Issacharoff has an important new review of Ari Berman’s Give Us the Ballot in the latest issue of The American Prospect. Unfortunately it is not posted freely online. It concludes: Using the instrumentalities of power to keep enemies from voting … Continue reading

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“New Report Released by National Commission on Voting Rights: More Work Needed to Improve Registration and Voting in the U.S.”

National Commission on Voting Rights: Based on the testimony provided by hundreds of witnesses at 25 state and regional National Commission on Voting Rights hearings convened in 2013 and 2014, this national report highlights the voices of people impacted by … Continue reading

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“Texas Two-Steps All Over Voting Rights; It says it can make voting as difficult as it wants to, and any law that says otherwise is unconstitutional.”

I have written this piece for Slate.  It begins: In 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation in U.S. history. It contained key protections for minority voters, especially blacks, who had been effectively … Continue reading

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