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!

Gerrymandering Cases are Hot

On January 9, 2018, a three-judge panel threw out the North Carolina Congressional redistricting map.  The panel held the plan was a partisan gerrymander that violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause and the First Amendment.  The day after the North Carolina decision, a three-judge panel upheld the Pennsylvania congressional map as constitutional. As discussed […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Takes on Purging of Voter-Registration Lists

On January 10, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments about the legality of Ohio’s efforts to maintain accurate voter-registration lists.  In Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, the 6th Circuit held Ohio’s process to remove voters from the list is illegal. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Help America Vote Act of […]

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Update on Redistricting Cases

2018 should be a huge year for redistricting cases. Last fall, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral argument on the Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case of Gill v. Whitford. Then, in early December, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Benisek v. Lamone, a partisan gerrymandering challenge to the Maryland redistricting plan for its Congressional districts. Why the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Maryland case remains unclear.  However, […]

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Alabama Congressional Districts – Disconcerting or Not?

On December 12, Democrat nominee Doug Jones defeated Republican nominee Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election for United States Senate. This election was a hard-fought race with President Donald Trump supporting a losing candidate in the Republican primary and then the controversial Roy Moore. Jones’s margin of victory state-wide was approximately 1.5 percentage points. Interestingly, […]

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US Supreme Court hears oral argument over Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering

On Tuesday, October 3, the US Supreme Court heard oral argument in Gill v. Whitford, a case concerning the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin legislative districts.  The lower court held the Wisconsin plans violated the constitution by drawing legislative district maps that favored Republicans over Democrats. The Supreme Court last addressed partisan gerrymandering in […]

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