Derek Reinbold  //  1/28/18  //  Topic Update


The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered all 18 Republican-drawn districts to be redrawn, following a finding that they violate the Constitution (WaPo).

  • The decision is not as helpful for Democrats as one might suspect, writes Nate Cohn at NYT.

The Republican Party has used a combination of dark money, voter ID laws, and political gerrymandering to tip the political scales in its favor, writes Ari Berman at Rolling Stone.

  • Sam Baker argues that this is gerrymandering’s moment of reckoning.
  • 538 drew 2,568 congressional districts by hand.

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 (WaPo).

Governments have rights too, not just powers, argues Eugene Volokh at The Volokh Conspiracy.

President Trump’s voter fraud commission explicitly asked Texas to provide records that identified all voters with Hispanic surnames (WaPo).


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.