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Florida judge rules 2012 redistricting illegal
July 11, 2014
A Florida judge ruled Thursday that the state's 2012 congressional redistricting plan illegally favors Republicans. Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ordered that two of the state's 27 districts be redrawn, which will likely affect neighboring districts as well. Lewis found that the 2012 plan violated....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule in Alabama redistricting cases
June 2, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two cases challenging Alabama's redistricting plans, consolidating them for one hour of oral argument. In Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama, the court limited review to question 1: 1(a). Whether, as the dissenting Judge concluded, this effort amo....... [more]

Pennsylvania governor drops appeal defending voter ID Law
May 10, 2014
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced Thursday that the Office of General Counsel will not pursue an appeal in defense of the Commonwealth's voter identification law. The law, passed in March 2012, required all voters to submit a government issued photo ID in order to vote in all elections. Th....... [more]

Federal judge rejects requests to put voter citizenship ruling on hold
May 9, 2014
US District Judge Eric Melgren on Wednesday ruled that Kansas and Arizona voters will have to provide proof of US citizenship while registering to vote using the federal form, despite a pending appeal by a US agency of the federal judge's ruling that aids in the enforcement of new voter registration....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law
April 30, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo identification to vote, violates the Voting Rights Act and the US Constitution. US District Judge Lynn Adelman found that the requirement violates....... [more]

Arkansas judge strikes down voter ID law
April 25, 2014
A judge for the Pulaski County Circuit Court for the 6th Division on Thursday struck down an Arkansas voter ID law, finding that it violates the state constitution. In the order granting summary judgment to the Pulaski County Election Commission, Judge Tim Fox found Act 595 violates Article 3....... [more]

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]


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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