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In an opinion released today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona\'s use of an independent commission to draw the boundaries of federal Congressional districts. The Court determined that the commission is permissible under the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution and 2 U.S.C. 2a(c). The case is Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.
Several plaintiffs recently filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, alleging that voting laws enacted by Ohio's Republican-controlled General Assembly since November 2012 violate various federal constitutional provisions as well as the Voting Rights Act. According to the complaint, the General Assembly has enacted laws that burden all Ohio voters but that were designed to and will disproportionately burden specific populations, particularly African-Americans, Latinos, and young people. The case is Ohio Organizing Collaborative v. Husted.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a statement today indicating that an early voting lawsuit filed against him has been settled. See also the news release from the ACLU as well as the settlement agreement filed with the court. The case is NAACP v. Husted.
In a 5-4 decision released today, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the District Court, which found that Alabama's redistricting plan did not violate the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution. The case is Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama.
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