“An under-the-radar voting rights bill in Congress could prevent the election fight in Georgia from happening again”

Jon Ward for Yahoo News: The political battles over voting laws are at a new fever pitch, with Democrats accusing Republicans of trying to suppress participation by minority voters, and Republicans accusing Democrats of hyperbole and bad-faith objections.Voting experts say … Continue reading

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“A partisan battle in an overreach of a case”: Minority voters are caught between the political parties at the Supreme Court, with the Voting Rights Act hanging in the balance (My SCOTUSBlog Preview of Brnovich)

I have written this analysis for SCOTUSBlog. It begins: Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee is a strange voting rights case. Rather than the typical case, in which a voting rights group representing minority voters sues a state or locality for engaging … Continue reading

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Biden Administration Reverses Position Before Supreme Court in Arizona Voting Rights Act Case (Brnovich), But Does Not Say Plaintiffs Should Win

From the letter: The Department has now concluded that, although it does not disagree with the conclusion in that brief that neither Arizona measure violates Section 2’s results test, the Department does not adhere to the framework for application of … Continue reading

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My New New York Times Oped Argues We Should Worry Less About Whether Trump Can Steal the Election (He Can’t); Worry More About the Damage Being Done to Voting Rights and the Legitimacy of our Election System and Democracy

I have written this piece for the NY Times. It begins: Even as the campaign lawsuits brought by President Trump over the 2020 election enter their death throes, many people continue to worry that Mr. Trump will find three Republican legislatures … Continue reading

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“Trump’s New Supreme Court Is Coming for the Next Dozen Elections”

I have written this piece for New York. It begins: When Judge Amy Coney Barrett sits for questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee in mid-October, no doubt Democrats will pepper her with questions about whether she would recuse herself in any Trump v. Biden election lawsuit to come … Continue reading

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Must-Read by Fredreka Schouten: “She marched in Selma as a young girl. Now she’s seeing history repeat on voting rights”

CNN: Joanne Bland was an 11-year-old schoolgirl in Selma, Alabama, when she marched into history, joining hundreds of activists on the Edmund Pettus Bridge for a demonstration that turned into one of the bloodiest confrontations of the civil rights movement.Baton-wielding state troopers … Continue reading

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Now Available: Final Version of My Election Law Journal Article: “Three Pathologies of American Voting Rights Illuminated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and How to Treat and Cure Them”

You can download the final version of the article here (and here’s the pdf). This article is part of a symposium out next month on COVID and the election. Thanks to ELJ’s publisher for making all the COVID-related election articles … Continue reading

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In Worrisome Decision, 11th Circuit Panel on 2-1 Vote Rejects Challenge to Alabama Voter Identification Law Without Allowing a Trial

You can find the opinion in Greater Birmingham Industries v. Alabama at this link. This opinion is very troubling because the majority held it was appropriate to grant summary judgment to the state of Alabama despite evidence that at least … Continue reading

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