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Rights groups challenge Arkansas voter ID law
April 18, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center filed a complaint Wednesday in Arkansas state court challenging the constitutionality of the state's voter ID law. Act 595, passed in 2013 by the Republican-led Arkansas legislature, requires that Arkansas residents....... [more]

Pennsylvania attorneys challenge voter ID ruling
January 28, 2014
Lawyers for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett filed a post-trial motion Monday in the legal battle over the state's voter identification law, alleging that the deciding judge in the case made "a host of mistakes." The motion alleges that Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court....... [more]

Supreme Court upholds Hawaii redistricting plan
January 22, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the case of Kostick v. Nago without issuing an opinion, upholding the Hawaii state legislature's redistricting plan. The case was on appeal from the US District Court for the District of Hawaii, which ruled in favor of the redistricting plan. The plan's oppo....... [more]

Pennsylvania judge strikes down voter ID law
January 17, 2014
Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday struck down the state's nearly two-year-old voter identification law, considered one of the most strict in the nation. In his opinion, MicGinley wrote that the state had failed to adequately explain why the law was a necessary m....... [more]

Challenging Kansas' Dual System of Voter Registration
January 7, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Julie Ebenstein of The Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union discusses the ACLU's upcoming challenge to Kansas' bifurcated voter registration system...According to the state of Kansas, some voters are qualified to vote for US President, but not for Gover....... [more]

Wisconsin Supreme Court to consider arguments in two voter ID cases
November 21, 2013
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear arguments in two separate cases concerning Act 23, the state's voter ID law. One case will review a decision by the Madison-based District Four Court of Appeals while the other will be heard by the supreme court prior to being ruled on by the....... [more]

Tennessee high court upholds voter ID law
October 18, 2013
The Tennessee Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a movement to overturn the Tennessee Voter Identification Act, ruling that a requirement of government-issued photo ID for voters is constitutional. Chief Justice Gary Wade delivered the majority opinion and Justice William Koch Jr. delive....... [more]

Current Events and Implications
October 18, 2013
The modern implications of redistricting methods are heavily debated. The current system in many states of having single-party controlled legislatures create the districts has led to strong criticism. Many observers cite this as one of the primary reasons for the increasing partisanship within gover....... [more]

Congress and State Legislatures
October 17, 2013
The House of Representatives consists of 435 members who represent proportional electoral districts of about 700,000 constituents each. Most state legislatures set those district boundaries. Notably, redistricting does not affect US Senate elections, which are statewide. Partisan state legislatures....... [more]

History and Litigation
October 17, 2013
In 1812, the Boston Gazette published an editorial cartoon in response to a redistricting plan signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry. The cartoon depicted a portion of Essex County in Massachusetts seemingly haphazardly drawn into a district that would benefit Gerry's Democratic-R....... [more]

Redistricting Timeline
October 16, 2013
09/24/2012: Supreme Court reversed redistricting ruling 07/26/2012: Alabama asked federal court to approve new redistricting plan 02/28/2012: Federal court issued new Texas voting district maps 01/20/2012: Supreme Court rejected Texas redistricting maps 07/25/2008: Seventh Circuit held voting di....... [more]


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    National Commission on the VRA

    Voting Rights [ACLU]

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    Renew VRA []

    VRA at 40 [NAACP]



    Immigrant Voting Project