Breaking: WI Voter ID Judge Won’t Scrap Law for Election, Will Order State to Give Better Information to Voters

See the series of tweets from Patrick Marley. The judge apparently invoked the Purcell Principle against making changes too close to the election, but said plaintiffs could go back to 7th Circuit for emergency relief. Marley: “Judge says he will … Continue reading

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“Misunderstanding of Statistics Confounds Analyses of Criminal Justice Issues in Baltimore and Voter ID Issues in Texas and North Carolina”

James Scanlan at Fed Soc blog: I have written here before, most recently in “Things the President Doesn’t Know About Racial Disparities”  (Aug. 5, 2016), about the way the federal government, including the President, base many civil rights law enforcement policies on an … Continue reading

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“The results on voter ID laws are in — and it’s bad news for ethnic and racial minorities”

Zoltan Hajnal LAT oped: My colleagues Nazita Lajevardi and Lindsay Nielson and I analyzed validated voting data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study in order to follow voter turnout from 2006 through 2014 among members of different groups — almost a … Continue reading

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“Inside the Republican creation of the North Carolina voting bill dubbed the ‘monster’ law”

Today’s must-read at WaPo: A review of these documents shows that North Carolina GOP leaders launched a meticulous and coordinated effort to deter black voters, who overwhelmingly vote for Democrats. The law, created and passed entirely by white legislators, evoked … Continue reading

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Breaking: #SCOTUS 4-4 Tie in NC Voting Case Leaves Lower Court Ruling in Place and Shows Us Power of Appeals Courts Post-Scalia

The Supreme Court has denied a stay in the North Carolina voting case, with the Justices mostly dividing 4-4. The stay order indicates that the Chief Justice, Justice Alito, and Justice Kennedy would have granted the stay except with respect … Continue reading

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Plaintiffs in Ohio “Golden Week” Case Seek Stay from 6th Circuit; May Seek Emergency #SCOTUS Relief

On Tuesday, a 6th Circuit panel reversed a trial court’s ruling which had prevented Ohio from eliminating “Golden Week,” a week in which a person could both register to vote (or change a registration) and cast an early ballot. The … Continue reading

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Breaking: 7th Circuit Refuses En Banc in Both WI Voter ID Cases; No More Changes Unless #SCOTUS Intervenes

A unanimous 7th Circuit issued this order en banc refusing to place the affidavit requirement to soften voter id back into effect at this point, and rejecting the other cross appeals. This would leave only the Supreme Court as a place … 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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“Judge sets oral arguments to determine if Texas intended to discrminate with voter ID law”

David Saleh Rauf reports in the San Antonio Express-News on this Order setting a January argument date on the question whether Texas passed its voter identification law with a racially discriminatory purpose. A finding of racially discriminatory purpose could allow the … Continue reading

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