“Arguments in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute – What’s a state to do?”

David Becker: So again, Justice Breyer’s question reflects what states have been going through with regard to list maintenance. Despite the false choice often presented by partisans, states don’t want a list maintenance procedure that’s overbroad, leading to false positives … 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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Breaking: Supreme Court Surprisingly Adds SECOND Partisan Gerrymandering Case to Its Calendar This Term, This One from Maryland

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear  a partisan gerrymandering case from Maryland, Benisek v. Lamone. (As with the Wisconsin gerrymandering case, Gill v. Whitford, the Court has postponed the question of jurisdiction as it agreed to hear this appeal—this … Continue reading

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Conference at Harvard November 8th: Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and American Democracy

Announcement via email: On November 8, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is holding a day-long conference on “Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and American Democracy”.  As the Supreme Court considers the most important case on political gerrymandering in a generation, join us … Continue reading

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With Justice Kennedy Seriously Considering Being the 5th Vote to Rein in Partisan Gerrymandering, The Chief Justice Worries About the Political Thicket

Before oral argument I explained that the vote in Gill v. Whitford is likely to come down to Justice Kennedy, with the Court’s four liberal Justices voting to rein in partisan gerrymandering and the four conservatives voting against it. From today’s … Continue reading

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