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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

Shelby County v. Holder Decision Has Broad Impact on Voting Rights Act Compliance

On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark Voting Rights Act opinion that will impact all Texas governmental entities....more

Supreme Court Invalidates Voting Rights Act Formula: Arizona and Other Covered Jurisdictions Are No Longer Subject to the...

The United States Supreme Court (the Court) struck down part of the Voting Rights Act (the Act) this week, freeing nine states, including Arizona, and dozens of counties from federal oversight of their voting laws....more

Supreme Court Strikes down Voting Rights Act’s ‘Preclearance’ Formula

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional. Section 4 contained the legislative formula to determine which jurisdictions must get “preclearance” from the federal...more

Copy of SCOTUS Ruling: Key Part of Voting Rights Act Unconstitutional (Shelby v. Holder)

On June 25, 2013, the United States Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act. Here's a full text copy of that decision. Embed code available above....more

United States Supreme Court Issues Voting Rights Act Decision

The United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder, holding that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (“VRA”) is unconstitutional. Listed below are the key paragraphs explaining the...more

Constitutionality of Detroit's Emergency Manager Challenged

Within days of Kevyn Orr’s appointment as Detroit’s Emergency Manager, a group of elected officials, union representatives, civil rights activist and clergy brought a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder and Treasurer Andy Dillon...more

The Voting Rights Act "Formula" Is Under Review

Executive Summary Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, and considered whether a provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (the “VRA”), which requires certain jurisdictions to...more

Shelby County v. Holder

Brief of Amicus Curiae Cato Institute In Support of Petitioner

It is long past time to declare victory over Jim Crow and move on to a healthier stage of race relations, particularly with respect to how the American people elect their government representatives. This term the Supreme...more

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