“Kentucky Democrats sue state for labeling 175,000 voters ‘inactive’ before election”

Lexington Herald-Leader: The Kentucky Democratic Party sued the State Board of Elections Thursday, claiming it unlawfully placed 175,000 registered voters on an “inactive” list that might infringe on their right to vote.The lawsuit filed in Franklin Circuit Court followed unsuccessful discussions between … Continue reading

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Unanimous 11th Circuit Panel Affirms District Court Ruling Upholding Broward County, FL’s List Maintenance Rules Against NVRA Challenge Brought by ACRU

Opinion in Bellitto v. American Civil Rights Union: The National Voter Registration Act requires state election officials to make a reasonable effort to remove certain ineligible registrants from the voter rolls. The American Civil Rights Union (“ACRU”) claims that Brenda … Continue reading

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Tenth Circuit Panel in Oral Argument in Fish v. Schwab (was: Fish v. Kobach) Seems Skeptical of Kansas’s Attempt to Reverse District Court’s Block of Kansas’s Documentary Proof of Citizenship Law

You can listen to the oral argument here. With the caveat that one never knows how to read oral argument, and judges can change their minds before issuing an opinion, here are some thoughts: The judges seemed to believe that … 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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Common Cause Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Indiana Voter Purge Program Based on Kobach-Led Cross-Check Program

From the court’s decision preliminarily enjoining Indiana’s purge system as violating the NVRA: Regarding the likelihood of success on the merits, the Court determines that Common Cause has a high likelihood of success on the merits of its claim that … Continue reading

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In Strange, Unanimous Unpublished Opinion, 11th Circuit Revives Common Cause’s Voter Purge Case Against Georgia

The district court had dismissed Common Cause’s claim that Georgia’s voter purge law violated the NVRA and the First Amendment. Today, the Eleventh Circuit, in a brief, unpublished opinion, sent the case back and told the trial court to reconsider … Continue reading

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“Texas Workforce Commission changes voter registration practices after pressure from civil rights groups”

Release:  In a change of course, effective February 21, 2018, the Texas Workforce Commission (“TWC”) will begin the process of implementing voter registration services to those served by its Vocational Rehabilitation program. The change comes after the agency received a notice from … Continue reading

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“Arguments in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute – What’s a state to do?”

David Becker: So again, Justice Breyer’s question reflects what states have been going through with regard to list maintenance. Despite the false choice often presented by partisans, states don’t want a list maintenance procedure that’s overbroad, leading to false positives … Continue reading

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Are Justice Breyer or Justice Gorsuch in Play in the Ohio Voter Purge Case, Will the Justices Divide Along Familiar Party Lines, or Is It All Kennedy Again?

Today the voting wars reached the Supreme Court, which heard oral argument in Husted v. A Philip Randolph Institute, a case which concerns an Ohio law which makes it relatively easy to remove voters from the rolls. While there might … Continue reading

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Federal Court Denies Summary Judgment in ACLU’s Proof of Citizenship Claim Against Kansas/Kobach, With Case Going to Trial in March

Opinion (via Jessica Huseman): The scope of this Court’s summary judgment Order is narrower than the parties sought in their briefing. The Tenth Circuit provided the framework within which Plaintiffs’ Count 1 preemption claim under § 5 of the NVRA … Continue reading

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