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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““Why Should I Go Vote Without Understanding What I Am Going to Vote For?” The Impact of First Generation Voting Barriers on Alaska Natives”

James Tucker, Natalie Landreth, and Erin Lynch have written this article for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. Here is the abstract: This article explores the many forms of discrimination that have persisted in Alaska, the resulting first generation voting … Continue reading

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“A 2013 Supreme Court ruling forever changed Americans’ voting rights — and experts warn it could help decide this year’s elections”

BI: Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill didn’t mince words when addressing opponents of his state’s voter ID law, which requires voters show a government-approved photo ID at the polls. “People are entitled to their own opinions. But they’re not entitled to … Continue reading

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Timing is Everything Dep’t: 5th Circuit Denies Request for Initial En Banc Consideration of Texas Voter ID Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has denied a request by opponents of Texas’s strict voter id law to have the state’s appeal of the ruling holding the law illegal and enacted with racially discriminatory purpose … Continue reading

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