“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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New Paper Casts Doubt on Hajnal et al Finding Strict Voter ID Laws Suppress Democratic Votes

Grimmer, Hersh, Meredith, Mummolo, and Nall have posted “Comment on ‘Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes.’” Here is the abstract: To study how voter identification laws affect participation in elections, Hajnal, Lajevardi and Nielson (2017) examines validated … 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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“Voting But for the Law: Evidence from Virginia on Photo Identification Requirements”

Daniel J. Hopkins, Marc Merdith, Michael Morse, Sarah Smith, and Jesse Yoder have written this article for the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Here is the abstract: One contentious question in contemporary election administration is the impact of voter identification requirements. We … 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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North Carolina Files Supreme Court Cert. Petition in Major Voting Law Case; What Happens Now with Democratic Gov. and AG?

Back in July, the Fourth Circuit struck down  North Carolina’s “monster” voting law, a law which among other things imposed a strict voter id requirement (later watered down in the face of litigation), cutback early voting, killed same day voter … Continue reading

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Iowa: “State funding too tight for unnecessary Voter ID”

Lynda Waddington: As telegraphed by key GOP lawmakers last month, a key component of Pate’s upgrades is Voter ID. This piece requires voters to produce approved forms of identification before casting ballots. Pate suggests Iowa-issued driver’s licenses, military-issued identification cards … Continue reading

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