Texas Redistricting Plaintiffs to U.S. Department of Justice on Changing Sides on Voting Rights Preclearance: You Missed the Deadline and Did Not Follow the Rules

Scathing Response: Contrary to the assertion in the United States motion for leave, the Court made no distinction between “private Plaintiffs” and the United States. [Dkt. 1609 at 2]. The United States mischaracterizes the Court’s order when it claims that … Continue reading

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Trump DOJ Reversing Obama DOJ Decision, Now States That Texas Should NOT Be Placed Under Federal Supervision over Voting Rules Based on Intentional Racial Discrimination in Redistricting Case

As first flagged by Gerry Hebert, the Department of Justice has submitted this filing in the long-running Texas redistricting case of Abbott v. Perez  indicating it no longer believes (as the Obama Administration did) that Texas should be put back under … Continue reading

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“Civil Rights Groups Sue Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to Cease Discriminatory ‘No Match, No Vote’ Registration Protocol”

Release via email: Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and its partners filed a major lawsuit against Secretary of State Brian Kemp over the state of Georgia’s discriminatory and unlawful “exact match” voter suppression scheme. The suit alleges … Continue reading

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“Brett Kavanaugh gave a troubling answer to Sen. Kamala Harris’ question on the Voting Rights Act”

Think Progress: Kavanaugh, for his part, tried to downplay the significance of Shelby County. “There is still, of course, Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act,” the nominee explained. That provision “allows litigation brought by plaintiffs to challenge voter restrictions that … Continue reading

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Three-Judge Redistricting Court Orders Texas Redistricting in One District After Supreme Court Remand, Orders Further Briefing on Bailing Texas Back into Coverage Under the VRA

Here is the order (via Alexa Ura). The district ordered redrawn is the sole district the three-judge court found illegal and that was affirmed by the Supreme Court in Abbott v. Perez. I’m skeptical about the potential for bail-in of … Continue reading

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Hey Chief Justice Roberts: Remember When You Said the Preclearance Provisions of the Voting Rights Act Were No Longer Needed in the South?

AP: Civil rights advocates are objecting to a proposal to close about 75 percent of polling locations in a predominantly black south Georgia county. The Randolph County elections board is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss a proposal that would … Continue reading

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“A Fight Over Voter Rights in California; Liberal Santa Monica finds itself on the same side as a conservative legal activist challenging the state’s voting-rights law”

WSJ: Santa Monica, Calif., with a “well-being index” to gauge the happiness of its residents and a fleet of city buses powered by natural gas, often lives up to its reputation as a wealthy, liberal enclave on California’s coast But … Continue reading

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“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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