“How Justice Kennedy’s Successor Will Wreak Havoc on Voting Rights and American Democracy”

I have written this piece for Slate. It begins: Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement from the Supreme Court last week, was certainly the “swing justice” in key cases on major issues from abortion to gay rights. But when … Continue reading

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“Suppression of Minority Voting Rights Is About to Get Way Worse; The Supreme Court has put its thumb on the scales in favor of discriminatory states.”

I have written this piece for Slate. It begins: On Monday, five years to the day that the Supreme Court decided Shelby County v. Holder, a case in which the court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act with assurances that other … Continue reading

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Five Years After John Roberts Says Federal Supervision of Voting Rules No Longer Necessary in South, and 2 Years After 4th Circuit Said North Carolina Targeted African Americans “with Almost Surgical Precision”, NC Suppression is Back

Thwarted before, N.C. GOP wants photo ID mandate: North Carolina legislative Republicans on Thursday advanced their goal of permanently requiring voters to show photo identification — a proposal previously thwarted this decade by veto and federal judges who declared a … Continue reading

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Federal Court Rejects DNC Voting Rights Act Challenge to Arizona Rules About Counting Ballots Cast in Wrong Precinct, Prohibiting Most Collection of Absentee Ballots

You can find the 83-page opinion at this link. Near the end of the opinion, the court rejects treating race as party proxy argument: Based on the totality of the circumstances, Plaintiffs have not shown that the legislature enacted H.B. … Continue reading

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ACS Phone Briefing Today: Judicial Gerrymandering? The Voting Rights Act, Judicial Elections, and Redistricting

Details: Judicial Gerrymandering? The Voting Rights Act, Judicial Elections, and Redistricting May 2, 2018 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM   Event Location: ACS Webinar ,    Details: In recent weeks, the North Carolina General Assembly has proposed redrawing the map … Continue reading

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“The Justice Department Deleted Language About Press Freedom And Racial Gerrymandering From Its Internal Manual”

BuzzFeed: The part of the manual addressing the Justice Department’s civil rights work was revised in March. In a section discussing enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, the new version removes previous references to redistricting and racial gerrymandering. The previous version stated: “The Voting Section … Continue reading

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Breaking and Analysis: Divided 5th Circuit Rejects Latest Challenge to Texas’s Voter ID Law, But Prospect for Further Litigation Remains

You can find a majority opinion by Judge Jones, concurring opinion by Judge Higginbotham, and dissenting opinion by Judge Graves in Veasey v. Abbott at this link. In what I consider to be a fundamentally disingenuous analysis by 5th Circuit … Continue reading

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Speaking Monday in Memphis About Voting Rights 50 Years After MLK with Debo Adegbile, Sherrilyn Ifill, Pam Karlan, and Steve Mulroy

This University of Memphis/MLK 50 event should be outstanding, and especially the voting rights panel. I’m honored to be included. I’ll be talking about this draft “Of Civil Right No. 1: Dr. King’s Unfinished Voting Rights Revolution,”  which is forthcoming in a … Continue reading

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