Red State Legislatures Cannot Cancel The Upcoming Presidential Election

3/17/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

Some are worrying about Republican-controlled legislatures eliminating the right to vote in a presidential election and just appointing Trump-supporting electors themselves. Don't worry: not only is the scenario unlikely, it couldn't legally happen.

Versus Trump: State Immunity Under The VRA + Adios, Easha :(

2/13/20  //  Commentary

On this week’s Versus Trump, Charlie and Jason discuss a dissenting opinion by a Trump-appointed judge arguing that states cannot be sued for violating the Voting Rights Act. They then say goodbye to Easha with a tribute to her thinking about Versus Trump law and litigation. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Versus Trump: Who Are Presidential Electors?

1/25/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week’s Versus Trump, Charlie and Easha take a deep dive into two recently granted Supreme Court cases that go to the heart of the systems that we use to elect the President. The discussion takes us deep into questions of political accountability, free choice, and constitutional history. A classic Versus Trump cat's-away-mice-will-play episode chock full of fun analysis of, among other things, Jason's work. Listen now! (I mean right now.)

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Easha Anand

San Francisco

No, Presidential Elector Litigation Will Not Lead To Chaos

9/4/19  //  Commentary

In Slate, Rick Hasen claims that litigation over the independence of presidential electors could "backfire spectacularly." I respectfully disagree.

Requiem for a Lone Star Bail-in

7/25/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

The three-judge district court overseeing the Texas redistricting litigation has held that Texas should not be 'bailed-in' under Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act. That's a very worrisome development. Here's why.

Travis Crum

University of Chicago

Versus Trump: The Past And Future Of Gerrymandering

7/18/19  //  Commentary

This week on Versus Trump, Jason and Easha are joined by guest host Melissa Murray of NYU Law and the new Strict Scrutiny podcast. They discuss the recent Supreme Court decision on gerrymandering (Rucho v. Common Cause), what's next in the fight, and where you can find Melissa's wonderful new podcast. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

When It Comes To Partisan Gerrymandering, Inaction Is Not Neutrality

7/2/19  //  Commentary

The majority's invocation of neutrality collapses when the partisan gerrymandering decision is set in a broader political and institutional context

Danny Wilf-Townsend

Gupta Wessler PLLC

Versus Trump: A Census Win...Or Is It?

7/1/19  //  Commentary

This week on Versus Trump, Jason, Charlie, and Easha discuss the temporary victory for the Plaintiffs in the census case and then speculate on what might come next. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Rucho and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act

6/27/19  //  Quick Reactions

The Court’s decision in Rucho will have profound and disastrous implications for the 2020 redistricting cycle and beyond. But it may also foreshadow the endgame for Section 2

Travis Crum

University of Chicago

The Letter On The Census And The Supreme Court

6/5/19  //  Quick Reactions

Recent revelations in the census case at the Supreme Court are also relevant to another case at the Court--partisan gerrymandering.

Leah Litman

Michigan Law School

Policing a Partisan Census

4/22/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

SCOTUS would do well to remember that elections — and the agencies that administer them — require special safeguards

Jennifer Nou

University of Chicago Law School

The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019

3/1/19  //  Commentary

With the introduction of the new VRAA, the House is undertaking the long overdue task of responding to Shelby County.

Travis Crum

University of Chicago

A Lone Star Bail-in?

2/14/19  //  Commentary

Key takeaways from the briefs in the ongoing litigation to "bail-in" Texas under Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act

Travis Crum

University of Chicago

The Civil Rights Division Bails Out of Bail-In in Texas

2/8/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

Career attorneys at DOJ rightly refused to sign a deeply flawed brief arguing that Texas should be let off the hook for its repeated intentional efforts to minimize the voting power of its minority population

Justin Levitt

Loyola Law School

Versus Trump: Ask Charlie About The Census

1/25/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason asks Charlie to take us through the mammothly long, massively important opinion from the Southern District of New York invalidating the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps