“Shelby and Section 3: Pulling the Voting Rights Act’s Pocket Trigger to Protect Voting Rights after Shelby County v. Holder”

Paul Wiley has posted this draft student note on SSRN (forthcoming, Washington and Lee Law Review).  Here is the abstract: The Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder presents voting rights advocates with a difficult challenge: finding an effective … Continue reading

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“EXCLUSIVE: Latest Herron & Smith: ‘Race, Shelby County, and the Voter Information Verification Act in North Carolina’”

New research from Michael Herron and Dan Smith: Abstract Shortly after the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the state of North Carolina enacted an omnibus piece of election-reform … Continue reading

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Josh Blackman: Justice Stevens Neglects to Mention He Signed NAMUDNO, Which Paved the Way for Shelby County

He writes: And this part is too rich. Stevens critically references an opinion Roberts wrote–NAMUDNO–that Stevens joined! The Court’s heavy reliance on the importance of a “fundamental principle ofequal sovereignty among the States,” while supported by language in an earlier opinion by … Continue reading

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Von Spakovsky, J. Christian Adams Testifying About Shelby County and VRA at House Hearing Tomorrow

For those expecting compromise and a bipartisan spirit to fix Voting Rights Act section 5 coming out of tomorrow’s hearing, fuhgeddaboutit! (Bob Kengle and Spencer Overton are the Democratic-called witnesses.) Ari Melber says don’t be a naysayer about a congressional … Continue reading

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The Chances of a Deal to Fix the VRA After Shelby County? Observations about the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

I had a chance to watch a good part of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today. It makes me more pessimistic about the chances of a deal to improve the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court effectively gutted section … Continue reading

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“‘As singular a failure as I’ve seen in the history of the Supreme Court’? McGinnis on Windsor, not Shelby County”

Kevin Walsh: Even Totenberg nods. Nina Totenberg’s end-of-the-term review (HT: How Appealing) includes an extended rip on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 Voting Rights Act decision in Shelby County v. Holder, highlighting criticism by “academic and judicial conservatives.” The quoted critics are … Continue reading

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