“Coalition of Civil Rights Groups Ask for Emergency Relief for Newly Naturalized Voters Suspended by Georgia’s Exact Match Process”

Release: Today, a coalition of civil rights organizations filed an emergency motion in Georgia federal district court to make sure that persons inaccurately flagged as non-citizens under Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s flawed “exact match” system can vote. Kemp’s “exact match” voter registration process … Continue reading

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AP: Ga. SOS Kemp, Running for Governor Against African-American Opponent, Holding 53,000 Voter Registrations (70% from African Americans) Because of Minor Discrepancies Like Missing Hyphens in Names

AP: According to records obtained from Kemp’s office through a public records request, Appling-Nunez’s application —like many of the 53,000 registrations on hold with Kemp’s office — was flagged because it ran afoul of the state’s “exact match” verification process. … Continue reading

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Breaking: Supreme Court, on 6-2 Vote, Allows North Dakota to Enforce Its Voter ID Law Address Requirement Alleged to Discriminate Against Native American Voters

Justices Ginsburg and Kagan (but surprisingly not Justice Sotomayor) dissented, citing the Purcell Principle. Justice Kavanaugh did not participate. Breaking: #SCOTUS allows North Dakota voter ID requirement, which had been enjoined during the primaries, to be enforced during the general … Continue reading

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“Commissioner Gail Heriot Statement and Rebuttal in the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States”

New on SSRN: On September 12, 2018, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights published a report entitled “An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States.” This Statement was part of that report. It argues, among other things, … Continue reading

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“Judicial Intervention as Judicial Restraint”

Guy-Uriel Charles and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer have a new piece forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, on partisan gerrymandering and justiciability: This paper examines the Court’s decision in Gil v. Whitford. It advances two claims. First, it provides a comprehensive account … 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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“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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