ELECT Blog (Election Law Essays on Current Topics): Stay up-to-date with summaries of recent election law related decisions from courts across the country.

Decisions and updates to be discussed include voter ID laws, redistricting changes, Voting Rights Act challenges, individual voting behavior, and other election administration issues.

The goal is for the reader to enjoy the blog, but also to leave better informed. See you there!

Redistricting is Everywhere

As has been described numerous times on this blog, redistricting challenges abound.  Several cases reside in the United States Supreme Court, while a number of challenges are making their way through the federal courts.  The National Conferences of State Legislatures¹ has prepared a “cheat sheet” on the status of the cases before the Supreme Court.  […]

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What Attire is Appropriate for Voting?

On February 28, the US Supreme Court heard oral argument in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, on whether the Minnesota law outlawing the wearing of “political badges, political buttons, or political insignia” on election day at the polls violates the First Amendment. The State of Minnesota argues the law maintains “an orderly and controlled environment” […]

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Partisan Fight over Pennsylvania Congressional Districts Continues

After the Pennsylvania legislature and Governor failed to find a new Congressional map, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court filled the void and produced new congressional district lines for the state’s 2018 elections. Republican leaders are expected to challenge the Court drawn plan on the grounds map drawing falls within the purview of the legislature and not […]

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Democrats have National Strategy for Gerrymandering

On February 6, 2017, the New York Times reported on efforts by former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder to block Republican efforts in Congressional redistricting after the 2020 Census. President Obama and Attorney General Holder formed the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a group that intends to fight the Republican “trifecta”. The […]

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Pennsylvania Congressional Maps are Thrown Out

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the state’s congressional maps violate the Pennsylvania Constitution. The Court ruled the districts are an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and blocked the use of the current districts for the primaries slated for May.  In doing so, the Court ordered an immediate redrawing of the districts by the legislature or the Court […]

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