In an opinion released today, U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley enjoined the enforcement of various statutes amended by the Ohio General Assembly in 2014. The amendments altered certain requirements for absentee and provisional voting. According to Judge Marbley, the amendments violated the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment. The case is NEOCH v. Husted.
Today, U.S. District Judge Michael Watson issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in an Ohio early voting case, determining that Ohio\'s reduction of in-person early voting days violated Equal Protection and the Voting Rights Act. Judge Watson dismissed additional claims brought by the plaintiffs. A bench trial was held in late 2015. The case is Ohio Organizing Collaborative v. Husted.
Today, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson issued an opinion upholding Virginia\'s voter ID after a bench trial held in February. Judge Hudson determined that neither the enactment of the law nor its implementation violated the Voting Rights Act, the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, the Fifteenth Amendment, or the Twenty-Sixth Amendment. The case is Lee v. Virginia State Board of Elections.
In a 485-page opinion released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld North Carolina\'s voter ID law. A trial on the photo ID issue was held in January and February. The case is League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard.
In an unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court today denied a challenge to Arizona\'s redistricting process done by commission. The case is Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.
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