Derek Reinbold  //  4/16/17  //  Topic Update


On Monday, a federal judge in Texas found that the Texas Voter ID law was passed with discriminatory purpose, in violation of the Voting Rights Act (NYTWaPoDallas NewsElection Law Blog).

  • The decision can be found here.
  • More information about the legal history of the Texas Voter ID case can be found here and here

The Trump Administration’s plans for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division raises grave concerns, explain Joshua Matz and Leah Litman at Take Care.

Advocacy groups are concerned about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ lack of commitment to protecting voting rights, observe Leah Litman and Joshua Matz (Take Care).

Despite a shift by Trump's DOJ, courts are still rooting out racial discrimination in state laws relating to districting and voter identification, writes Danielle Lang (Take Care).

Justice Gorsuch’s position in voting rights cases at the Supreme Court will be especially consequential given Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s unwillingness to combat restrictive voting laws, argues Tierney Sneed (Talking Points Memo).

  • Jessica Mason Pieklo likewise analyzes Justice Gorsuch’s possible impact on upcoming free speech cases (Rewire).

The severe income inequality that contributed to President Trump’s victory in November represents a failure of the American political system, argues Kate Andrias (ACSblog).

  • Andrias’s piece is part of the ACSblog symposium, The Future of the U.S. Constitution, all of which is available here.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden says Russian election hacking is not an “act of war,” reports Moran Chalfant (The Hill).


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered all 18 Republican-drawn districts to be redrawn, following a finding that they violate the Constitution. Potential citizenship questions on the 2020 Census could shift the balance of political power towards rural areas and give Republicans a new advantage in drawing electoral boundaries.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

The White House disbands the "Election Integrity" Commission led by Vice President Pence and Kris Kobach.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump's voter fraud commission has not been in communication since September, and members are not sure why. The Department of Homeland Security, the Election Assistance Commission and voting equipment industry and nonprofit groups met to launch an election security Sector Coordinating Council.