Monthly Archives: June 2013

PCEA roadshow moves from Miami to Louisville

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration was in the Miami area on Friday, where they heard from local officials and advocates about lines at the polls (including their disparate impact on racial and ethnic minorities).

Then, on Saturday, co-chairs Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg moved on to Louisville, to meet with local officials at the annual conference of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers.  That’s IACREOT, if you’re texting.

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Literacy tests from the 60s

This isn’t a news item, but rather a collection of actual literacy tests from the 60s.

This Slate piece linked to this site hosted by the Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, and their collection of literacy tests.  As the Slate snippet notes, many of the literacy tests were ostensibly connected to civics, but I’m particularly intrigued by Louisiana’s mind-teaser version.

(The originals, it always bears repeating, were tools of disenfranchisement rather than “mind-teasers.”  I do not mean to belittle the gravity of their deployment by the description.  And no, they’re not coming back after Shelby County.)

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“Democrats Get a Gift From the Roberts Court”

Ross Douthat’s latest column follows the “backlash” narrative: if the aftermath of Shelby County sees more laws marginally increasing burdens for some, that will inspire greater compensatory turnout from others.

Two short notes on this argument.  First, voters aren’t fungible.  Increasing burdens for some is still increasing burdens for some.  Second, not all votes are for the presidency.  I’ve yet to hear a convincing story about how the backlash narrative works in a small town or a rural county.

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All About Redistricting back on track

Some of you may have noticed that it’s been something of a busy week in the world of election law (and beyond).

What with trying to keep up with the flood of news and reaction and commentary and speculation here for the 15,000+ of you who stopped by this site over the last week (and all of the rest of you getting Tweets and Facebook posts and Feedburns and updates on the listserv and whatever else you kids are using to read your blogs these days), I haven’t had time to keep my own website up to date.

Well, redistricting fans, you can breathe a bit easier now.  All About Redistricting is finally back up to date, reflecting all of the developments of the last week.

You’re welcome.

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