Breaking: North Carolina State Court Rules State Voter ID Constitutional Amendment is Void Because Enacted by a Racially Gerrymandered Legislature; Not Clear if Ruling Will Stand

Release: The Wake County Superior Court today ruled that the illegally gerrymandered North Carolina General Assembly did not have legal authority to place constitutional amendments on the ballot because it did not act with the full will of the people of North … Continue reading

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NBER Study Finds Rhode Island Voter ID Law Depressed Turnout, Especially Among Young, Minority, Poor Voters

NBER: Effects of Photo ID Laws on Registration and Turnout: Evidence from Rhode IslandFrancesco Maria Esposito, Diego Focanti, Justine S. HastingsNBER Working Paper No. 25503Issued in January 2019NBER Program(s):Law and Economics, Public Economics, Political Economy We study the effect of photo ID laws on voting … 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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“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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Eighth Circuit, Citing Purcell Principle About Not Changing Election Rules Close to Elections, Rejects North Dakota’s Attempt to Revive Voter ID Law for Now

Order: The State of North Dakota moves to stay the district court’s injunction of April 3, 2018, concerning certain subsections of the North Dakota elections statute, N.D.C.C. § 16.1-01- 04.1. Based primarily on the imminent primary election date of June … 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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Trump DOJ Sides with Texas Again in Voter ID Case, Opposing Plaintiffs’ Motion to Lift Stay in Case

DOJ filing: The United States opposes private plaintiffs-appellees’ motion to lift the stay pending appeal that the motions panel entered on September 5, 2017. The parties’ merits briefs and oral argument before this Court only reinforce the strong likelihood that … Continue reading

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