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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

Jun. 20 (9:28 AM) - 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.

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Ohio Case on Minor Voting Form Errors

Jun. 20 (9:24 AM) - 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.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Ohio Voter Registration Case

May. 31 (10:03 AM) - Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order (see p. 3) granting the state\'s certiorari petition in an Ohio case involving the maintenance of voter registration lists. At issue is whether Ohio\'s use of voter inactivity as a reason to send \"confirmation notices\" is consistent with federal law. The case is Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Husted.

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms District Court: NC Redistricting Unconstitutional

May. 22 (4:57 PM) - In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the District Court, finding that North Carolina\'s Congressional redistricting plan violated the U.S. Constitution. The Court determined that racial considerations unlawfully predominated the designing of the contested districts. The case is Cooper v. Harris.

Judge Orders Georgia to Re-Open Voter Registration for Georgia Special Congressional Election Runoff

May. 4 (5:43 PM) - A U.S. District Judge today ordered the state of Georgia to re-open voter registration until at least May 21st ahead of the June 20th runoff for the seat in Georgia\'s Sixth Congressional District. According to Judge Timothy Batten, the plaintiffs could likely succeed in showing that Georgia\'s reduction in the time its citizens had to register was pre-empted by federal law. The case is Georgia NAACP v. Georgia.

Three-Judge Panel Finds Voting Rights Act and Constitutional Violations in Creation of Texas House of Representatives Districts

Apr. 21 (1:30 PM) - A little over a month after ruling that Texas\' Congressional redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Consistution, a three-judge panel similarly ruled (2-1) with regard to the creation of Texas\' state-level House of Representatives districts. The court issued a 171-page order in which it ruled for the state on some claims. The court also made separate findings of fact. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

U.S. District Judge Again Finds Texas Law in Violation of Voting Rights Act

Apr. 11 (9:22 AM) - On remand from the Fifth Circuit, a U.S. District Judge again determined that Texas\' voter ID law was passed with discriminatory purpose in violation of the Voting Rights Act. The case is Veasey v. Abbott.

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Recount Resources

Election Law @ Moritz has assembled a set of resources concerning the topic of elections going into overtime.

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EL@M in the News

Edward B. Foley

Symposium: Wechsler, history and gerrymandering

A post written by Professor Edward Foley was published on SCOTUSblog.

“When we look back on the half-century since Sullivan, we see a legacy in which the Supreme Court itself contributed to America’s growth as a people committed to political freedom. Sullivan is entrenched as precedent precisely because it is now indelibly part of our national self-understanding," Foley writes. "For Gill to be successful like Sullivan, it too will need to become woven into our sense of America as a democracy. The way for Gill to accomplish this is to declare: 'Although the original Gerry-mander was never tested in this Court, the attack on its validity has carried the day in the court of history.' If the court says this, then 50 years from now—thanks in large part to Gill itself—we may have matured into the genuinely representative democracy we are still striving to be.”
 

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Current Litigation

Gill v. Whitford

State: Wisconsin
Issue: Whether Wisconsin's redistricting plan violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, the First Amendment right to freedom of association, and plaintiffs' civil rights under 42 U.S.C. 1982 and 1988.

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