US Supreme Court Holds 28 North Carolina state House and Senate districts are Racially Gerrymandered

By Rob Tyson In North Carolina v. Covington, the United State Supreme Court upheld the three-judge panel decision that 28 of North Carolina state House of Representative and Senate districts were drawn as racial gerrymanders in violation of the equal protection clause.[1]  However, the Supreme Court reversed the district court ruling ordering newly drawn districts […]

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Voter purge case to be heard by Supreme Court

by Rob Tyson The United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to Ohio’s policy of removing voters from the voter registration rolls.  In Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court ruling denying the Plaintiffs’ request for an injunction to reinstate the removed voters or […]

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Early Voting – Good or Bad

By Rob Tyson Bob Bissen, an outside consultant to APCO Worldwide, describes the status of early voting across the United States.  He discusses the pros and cons.  Specifically, allowing persons to vote prior to election day makes it more convenient for voters; however, some of the early voters might not be truly informed, given the […]

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The Election Process

Originally published in SC Lawyer (September 2016)  By Robert E. Tyson, Jr. Legal issues surrounding elections have grown immensely in the recent past.  With social media creating more attention on the process and the specific candidates, the process for elections must be solid.  In Anderson v. South Carolina Election Commission, the supreme court held, “Integrity […]

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Legislative Changes to Election Laws in 2016

By Rob Tyson Based on the Voting Laws Roundup 2016 by the Brennan Center for Justice, [1] two key trends have emerged in 2016: 1) automatic voter registration has taken off across the country and 2) States are passing fewer voter restrictions, but restrictions in 17 states will be on the books for the first […]

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