“This DOJ Letter May Be More Alarming Than Trump Commission’s Request For Voter Data”

HuffPo: Former Department of Justice officials and voting advocates are seriously alarmed over a DOJ letter sent to states last week that they say could signal a forthcoming effort to kick people off voter rolls. This comes as national attention … Continue reading

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“Trump Can Take Payments From Foreign Governments, U.S. Says”; DOJ Borrows From Prof’s Article without Citation

Bloomberg on this DOJ brief: George Washington did it, so Donald Trump can too. That’s the Justice Department’s take on why the 45th president isn’t violating the U.S. Constitution by accepting payments for goods and services from foreign governments without congressional … 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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Sen. Sessions Noncommittal on DOJ Position on Texas and North Carolina Voting Cases; Agrees to Enforce VRA Section 2

Written questions from Sen. Leahy and Sen. Sessions’ answer in connection with his nomination as AG: 21. You claim to be a champion of the Voting Rights Act because you voted for VRA’s reauthorization in 2006. But aside from this … 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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“Justice Department significantly reducing number of federal observers stationed inside polling places”

Sari Horwitz for WaPo: The Justice Department is significantly reducing the number of federal observers stationed inside polling places in next month’s election at the same time that voters will face strict new election laws in more than a dozen … Continue reading

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DOJ and Private Plaintiffs File #SCOTUS Responses in NC Emergency Voting Case

Private Plaintiffs’ response. DOJ’s response. Chief Justice Roberts can now decide this motion himself or refer to the Court. (NC might try to draft a reply by tomorrow).  I’d expect a decision early next week. Here’s what I said about … Continue reading

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