“Redistricting, Voter ID Laws, Early Voting, And The Post-Shelby World”

Above the Law’s Joe Patrice has a new podcast episode:


First, Ben Griffith of the Griffith Law Firm in Oxford, Mississippi and Robert Heath ofBickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta discussed election law in the context of the new bookAmerica Votes (affiliate link), which Griffith also edited. In a wide-ranging discussion about voting rights restrictions, they share the less well-known backdoor to the Voting Rights Act that could alleviate the sting Shelby County laid on activists in the old pre-clearance jurisdictions.

On the other side of the fence: Representative Paul Stam, Speaker Pro Tempore of the North Carolina House of Representatives, and a defender of the both the state’s voter ID law and redistricting plan — both recently shot down by the Fourth Circuit. I may not have agreed with Rep. Stam’s take on the constitutionality of those laws, but with North Carolina’s early voting reforms still floating around, he made a sharp defense of cutting back early voting days in favor of longer hours for each day to give people with difficult daily schedules better access to voting.

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