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26.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Supreme Court Finds No Racial Gerrymandering in Abbott v. Perez, Except for One District

Supreme Court Finds No Racial Gerrymandering in Abbott v. Perez, Except for One District

On June 25, 2018, the Supreme Court in Abbott v. Perez overturned the lower court’s finding that the Texas legislature had gerrymandered legislative districts against Hispanic citizens when redrawing occurred in 2013 after the lower courts struck down the districts drawn in 2011. The Court ruled that the district court…

21.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Senate Rules and Administration Committee Hearing on Election Security

Senate Rules and Administration Committee Hearing on Election Security

On June 20, 2018, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee held a hearing on election security preparations that are being made at the local and state level. The committee heard witness testimony from state and local officials, along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, Matt Masterson….

19.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Gerrymandering Cases

Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Gerrymandering Cases

On June 18, 2018 the Supreme Court finally gave its rulings for Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone. In Whitford, Democratic voters were suing over the way that the Republican held legislature drew legislative districts in Wisconsin. The voters claimed that the districts were drawn in a partisan way…

13.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on US House Judiciary Committee hearing on US Census

US House Judiciary Committee hearing on US Census

On June 8, 2018, the United States House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Questions regarding the US Census.” The Committee heard testimony and feedback from witnesses who had opinions on a citizenship question being asked on the 2020 US Census.   Steve Marshall, the Alabama Attorney General, stressed the…

11.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Supreme Court upholds Ohio Voter Roll Maintenance law 5-4

Supreme Court upholds Ohio Voter Roll Maintenance law 5-4

On June 11, 2018 the Supreme Court ruled in Husted v. Philip Randolph Institute that Ohio did not act unconstitutionally when it passed a law that would assist the state in identifying voters who have moved from the state. The Ohio law stated that if a voter did not do…

6.Jun, 2018 Comments Off on Virginia Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds The Drawing of 11 Districts

Virginia Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds The Drawing of 11 Districts

On May 31, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that 11 legislative districts did not violate Article II § 6 of the Constitution of Virginia. The challengers to the districts argued that the legislative districts that were drawn in 2011 violated that state constitution because they were not composed of…