The U.S. Supreme Court recently added the Maryland redistricting case of Benisek v. Lamone to the merits docket. The court postponed consideration of the jurisdiction question until hearing the case on the merits.
In an opinion released today, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the district court dismissing a lawsuit alleging that Ohio\'s absentee voter system discriminates against blind voters. According to the panel, the district court accepted Ohio Secretary of State John Husted\'s \"fundamental alteration\" defense without any evidentiary support. The case, Hindel v. Husted, was remanded to the district court for further proceedings.
In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a gerrymandering case involving Wisconsin state legislative districts. The court also granted a request by the state to temporarily block the lower court\'s decision until the appeal is resolved. The case is Gill v. Whitford.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal in an Ohio voting case in which the plaintiffs sought a court order barring state officials from failing to consider voter forms with immaterial errors. The case is NEOCH v. Husted.
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