October 05, 2007

"It's Name Is MUD"

Texas Weekly has this article ($) on the NAMDUNO VRA case currently being considered by a three-judge panel, and eventually headed to the Supreme Court. In the article, Edward Blum, the main force behind the suit, says: "'We're not looking to strike down Section 5,' he says. 'We're trying to get the right of sub-jurisdictions to bail out.'"

Another snippet: "Blum points out that states under Section 5 have cleaner election records than states not under the restraints. Hasen, though, sees the fairly good recent track record as possible evidence that current statute is working -- not that Texas can be trusted if freed from Section 5 and left to its own recognizance. 'Part of the reason why Texas may not have had any denials, they've learned what they need to do to get DOJ clearance,' he says. 'If you don't need DOJ clearance anymore, plans might change.'"

Posted by Rick Hasen at October 5, 2007 09:34 AM