“Gerrymandered by Definition: The Distortion of ‘Traditional’ Districting Principles and a Proposal for an Empirical Redefinition”

Yunsieg Kim and Jowei Chen have posted this draft on SSRN. Here is the abstract: What are “traditional” districting criteria? The meaning of that term is critical to curbing abusive districting practices, because states must draw electoral districts according to … Continue reading

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11th Circuit Denies Rehearing En Banc in Florida Felon Disenfranchisement Case; Full Trial in April Over Felon Rights Likely to Lead to Greater Voting Rights

The 11th Circuit has denied rehearing en banc in a case concerning whether the Florida legislature’s attempt to make felons pay all fines and fees before having their voting rights restored under Florida’s Amendment 4 is unconstitutional. The ruling so … Continue reading

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“What Happens in November if One Side Doesn’t Accept the Election Results? How coronavirus could contribute to a 2020 election meltdown.”

I have written this new big piece for Slate. Some snippets: The November 2020 presidential election won’t be run perfectly—we have never had a perfect election conducted in this country or elsewhere—but the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic … Continue reading

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“Facebook, Google and Twitter Struggle to Handle November’s Election; After spending billions to avoid a repeat of 2016, the tech giants are careening from crisis to crisis as their foes change tactics.”

NYT: But as the events of just one day — Feb. 12 — at Facebook showed, although the companies are better equipped to deal with the types of interference they faced in 2016, they are struggling to handle the new … Continue reading

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“Two more lawsuits filed over Wisconsin’s spring election seeking to change how and when people vote during coronavirus”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Wisconsin’s chaotic spring election got even more unpredictable Thursday as two new lawsuits were filed attempting to alter voting rules because of the coronavirus pandemic that has forced people to stay at home.The lawsuits — the third and fourth to … Continue reading

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