“Pleasant Grove voting method changed to cumulative voting, according to approved settlement”

Al.com: A federal district judge approved a proposed settlement in the voting rights lawsuit between the Alabama NAACP, Pleasant Grove residents Eric Calhoun, and Jennifer Ford and the city of Pleasant Grove. The settlement changes the city’s election method to cumulative voting. … Continue reading

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Breaking: In Major Decision, 3-Judge Federal District Court Unanimously Rejects Motion to Put Texas Back Under Federal Supervision over Voting, Despite Continuing Concerns About Texas’s Intentional Racial Discrimination

A three-judge federal district court, which earlier had found that Texas engaged in intentional racial discrimination against African-Americans and Latinos in passing its 2011 redistricting plan has refused to put Texas back under federal supervision for voting. Before the Supreme … Continue reading

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“Arkansas GOP moves to keep progressive measures off the ballot—but not conservative ones”

Daily Kos: Angry that voters passed a ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage in 2018, Arkansas Republicans are using their legislative majorities to put a constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot that would make it vastly harder for progressives—but not conservatives—to ever … Continue reading

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“Victory in Mississippi: Federal Appeals Court Rules State Must Redraw State Senate District Voting Lines”; Copy of 5th Circuit Order

Release from the Laywers’ Committee via email: Last night, a federal appeals court ordered Mississippi officials to redraw district lines for a state senate district in the Mississippi Delta, leaving undisturbed the finding by federal district judge Carlton Reeves that … Continue reading

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“2020 hopefuls visit Selma for anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ march”

The Hill reports: Several Democratic presidential hopefuls visited Selma, Ala., on Sunday to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in the city.Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who have each announced their 2020 candidacies, were among those in attendance for … Continue reading

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Democrats Put Forward Bill to Restore the Preclearance Provisions of the Voting Rights Act (Killed by the Supreme Court in Shelby County) to 11 States, Including California

The Guardian: But Sewell and her colleagues are playing a long game in the hope that Democrats, should theyregain control of the White House and both chambers of Congress as they did most recently in 2008, would then be able … Continue reading

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California State Court Holds City of Santa Monica Election System Violates California Voting Rights Act and CA Constitution; Orders District Elections on July 2 2019

You can find the 71-page statement of decision at this link. Given the findings of both CVRA liability as well as intentional racial discrimination in using an at-large voting system in violation of the California Constitution, a path forward on … Continue reading

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