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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.
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.
Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court today denied (see page three) the petition for writ of certiorari filed by opponents of Wisconsin's voter ID law in Frank v. Walker. The Court's order leaves in place the decision of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting challenges to the law's constitutionality.
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