“Court examines North Carolina’s new law that requires photo IDs for voting”

WaPo: A federal appeals court on Friday struggled with how to weigh North Carolina’s history of discriminatory voting restrictions while examining the state’s latest election law that requires voters to present photo identification before casting ballots.The new photo ID provision has been … Continue reading

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In Worrisome Decision, 11th Circuit Panel on 2-1 Vote Rejects Challenge to Alabama Voter Identification Law Without Allowing a Trial

You can find the opinion in Greater Birmingham Industries v. Alabama at this link. This opinion is very troubling because the majority held it was appropriate to grant summary judgment to the state of Alabama despite evidence that at least … Continue reading

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Breaking: 7th Circuit, after 3 Year Delay, Decides Challenge to Wisconsin Voter ID and Related Voting Provisions, in Short Unanimous Opinion, Upholding and Striking Down Some Parts of Law; This is Mostly a Loss for Voting Rights Plaintiffs

You can find the 27-page unanimous decision, with no explanation for the 3 year delay in this case, at this link. This is mostly a loss for the plaintiffs in these cases, as the appeals court rejected many (though not … Continue reading

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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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