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Election Day Concerns for Employers: Political Discussions in the Workplace and Time Off to Vote

With the highly contested presidential election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, many employers are concerned about political discussions in the workplace, whether those discussions can be restricted, and how to handle...more

Election Day: What Employers Should Know About Employee Voting Rights Laws

As Tuesday, November 8, 2016, approaches, employers should ensure compliance with voting rights laws in the states where they operate. There is no federal law that requires employers to give workers time off to vote, but...more

NC Legislative Update: Interim Period

This Week - The halls of the legislature have been unusually quiet since lawmakers adjourned the 2015-16 session on July 1st, with just a few Committees convening to begin their work. Typically, the the period between...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #7

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474: Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were federally indicted...more

Supreme Court Update: Harris V. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (14-232), Franchise Tax Board Of California V. Hyatt)...

With roughly two months left in the term, the Supremes have kicked opinion production into high gear, issuing five decisions this past week. While many of us at Update were doing the Batdance, and pondering what it looks like...more

Redrawing of Arizona Legislative Districts Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Justice Breyer, has unanimously upheld the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission's plan to redraw Arizona's legislative districts. Lawyers from Ballard Spahr's Political...more

Supreme Court Decides Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

On April 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, No. 14-232, holding that a redistricting plan is not unconstitutional where the maximum population deviation between the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds States and Localities May Continue to Draw Voting Districts Based on Total Population

Total population, however, may not be the only standard upon which voting areas can be based - This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision in Evenwel v. Abbott clarifying that state and local...more

Supreme Court Update: Evenwel V. Abbott (14-940), Nichols V. United States (15-5238) And Woods V. Etherton (15-723)

The Eight found a whole lot to agree on in their last batch of decisions, unanimously holding state voting districts drawn to equalize the total population in each district (and not the number of eligible voters) do not...more

The Supreme Court - April 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on April 4, 2016: - Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940: In this legislative redistricting case, certain voters brought a challenge to the redistricting in...more

Supreme Court Decides Evenwel v. Abbott

On April 4, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940, holding that a state may draw legislative districts based on total population. In 2013, Texas adopted a new map for state Senate...more

Update on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Inclusive Communities Decision

As previously reported on this blog, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 2507 (2015) adopted a burden-shifting approach to...more

Re-Districting After Shelby County v. Alabama: a Volatile Mix of Race and Politics

In 2012, following the 2010 decennial census, Virginia re-drew the boundaries of its Congressional Districts. In 2013, plaintiffs brought a Voting Rights Act challenge to that re-districting. They alleged that the...more

What does “One Person, One Vote” Mean?

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in an important case dealing with the long-recognized “one person, one vote” standard — historically, the fundamental principle when drawing election maps. Any dilution of the...more

[Event] 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Panel Discussion - July 28, 4:00-7:00pm, Chicago, IL

Paulette Brown, who will be moderating the discussion, is currently President-elect of the American Bar Association. In August 2015, she will become the first woman of color and the third African American to serve as ABA...more

Political Law Roundup – July 13, 2015

This is the first post in a new series on the blog, providing a quick recap of recent political-law news and developments. - What role will non-profits have on the 2016 presidential election? According to a report in the...more

Supreme Court’s Alabama Ruling Sets The Stage For Arizona’s Next Redistricting Battle

The U.S. Supreme Court last week reversed a federal three-judge panel in Alabama that upheld the state’s legislative district map against a racial gerrymandering challenge. Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama...more

Supreme Court Decides Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, No. 13-895, holding that: 1) racial gerrymandering claims must be viewed on a district-by-district basis, rather than on a...more

Duke v. North Carolina

Decision of the Court of AppealsNorth Carolina

In a major victory for voting rights, the Fourth Circuit today issued an order forbidding the State of North Carolina from implementing certain provisions in a law impeding voters rights in that state. Perkins Coie LLP...more

Wisconsin's Voter-ID Case Provides a Lesson in Interim Relief

In recent weeks, several high-profile cases involving Wisconsin public policy have come before the Seventh Circuit. In many instances, these cases have provided not only insights on the federal judicial system for the general...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 20, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics. The hot topic this week is a new bill to amend the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in...more

Preservation Of Hard Won Voting Rights Is A Timely Pro Bono Mission

Recently, I was going through boxes while cleaning out my mother's house when I found something that was at once a historical relic and a timely reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same - it was her...more

Judge Orders New Election for Four Members of Palmdale City Council

Palmdale residents went to the polls on Nov. 5 and elected two new City Council members, including the city’s first African-American to hold the post. But now it’s unclear if they will have their seats for very long or even...more

Real-Life Political Drama Provides More Questions Than Answers: BB&K's Parissh Knox Examines the Issues Raised in the Palmdale...

Palmdale, a suburb nestled in the Mojave Desert north of Los Angeles, is among a growing number of cities, community college districts, school districts and other agencies in California that are under tremendous pressure to...more

Hope Palmdale Didn’t Throw Away Those Lawn Signs!

Just imagine how it would feel to be a voter, candidate, or an election official in Palmdale today. Yesterday, on a split decision of 2-1, the Second Appellate District of the Court of Appeal overturned the lower court’s...more

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