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Academic highlight: Levitt on the collateral consequences of Department of Commerce v. New York

On its face, Department of Commerce v. New York asks whether the government may add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 decennial census. But as Professor Justin Levitt explains in a forthcoming essay, if the government wins, the citizenship data could influence the allocation of representation in the state legislatures, raising a whole new set of constitutional questions left unresolved by the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Evenwel v. Abbott. In 2018, the government announced that...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, United States, Abbott, Levitt, Department of Commerce, Amy Howe, Evenwel, Justin Levitt, Academic Round-up, Abbott the Supreme Court, Nathan Persily


Is ballot harvesting legal in California? Yes, and that worries some Republicans

Three years ago, a state law made it easier for Californians to have someone else collect and drop off their absentee ballot. Doing this on a mass scale became known as ballot harvesting. And in recent months many conservative politicians and their advisers have suggested the practice – not  Democratic voter enthusiasm nor a public backlash against President Donald Trump – is the reason Republicans lost ground federally and in Sacramento in the November midterms. Now, Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona ...
Tags: Politics, Elections, News, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gop, House, San Diego, Paul ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Jerry Brown, North Carolina, Donald Trump


Virginia’s New Gerrymandering Reform Triggers Old Fears Among Black Officials

Virginia lawmakers came together this past weekend to pass—by overwhelming, bipartisan margins—a proposed constitutional amendment to overhaul how political lines are drawn in the commonwealth. The proposal has generally been received as an imperfect but significant compromise that injects transparency and citizen input into the redistricting process for the first time in the Old Dominion’s history. Some lawmakers, though, see no cause for celebration. Members of the Legislative Black Caucus h...
Tags: News, Senate, Virginia, America, Los Angeles, Gop, House, Gerrymandering, Capitol Hill, William, Republican, Canon, General Assembly, Voting Rights, Allegra Kirkland, Old Dominion


Symposium: Clarity of the record should bring clarity of purpose

Justin Levitt is a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; he runs the website “All About Redistricting.” Partisan gerrymandering is back. There are two cases before the Supreme Court this term: a Democratic gerrymander in Maryland and a Republican gerrymander in North Carolina. The cases are different – and though neither is perfect, the basic problem of partisan political entrenchment is unlikely to be presented more cleanly. The evidentiary record in each case is firmly turned up to 11. ...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, City, North Carolina, Kennedy, Cox, Gill, Riviera Beach, Anthony Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, Tarheel, Justin Levitt, Larios


Voting Rights: Trump DOJ Takes New Position On Oversight Of Texas’ Voting Rules

Texas state officials’ claims that nearly 100,000 noncitizens may have been registered to vote in the state are falling apart, and concerns raised about the state’s methodology have turned out to be valid. After the secretary of state advised county election officials to vet a list of 95,000 alleged noncitizen voters, county after county has found hundreds of duplicates and thousands of people on the list who are actually citizens. One was a naturalized El Paso County elections staffer. While th...
Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, Senate, Virginia, Gop, Aclu, Kansas, Michigan, Doj, Abbott, Benson, Tierney Sneed, State, Perez, U S Justice Department


Judge Keeps An Eye On SCOTUS As He Blocks Census Citizenship Question

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman found himself in an extraordinary position as he handed down a decision Tuesday declaring illegal the Trump administration’s move to add a citizenship question to the census. As trial in the case was wrapping up in November, the Supreme Court announced it would hear arguments on a dispute in the case in February. More remarkable, still, is that the dispute — over a judge’s order the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who made the decision to add the question, sit...
Tags: News, Maryland, Supreme Court, Commerce, Doj, Justice Department, Ross, Trump, Fed, Wolf, Tierney Sneed, Levitt, Loyola Law School, Fishkin, Common Cause, Jesse Furman


How Changing The Census Clears The Way For A Major GOP Power Grab

If the Trump administration wins its fight to add a citizenship question to the census, it will clear the way for Republicans to execute a major power grab they’ve sought for years that could entrench their electoral advantage with rural whites while undermining the representation of urban and diverse populations. While the legal battle over adding the citizenship question, now underway in a federal courtroom in New York City, is burrowing into statistical methodologies and sound survey pract...
Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, Obama, New York City, Republican, Doj, Justice Department, Abbott, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Levitt, Fishkin, Stanford Law School, Evenwel, Persily


The Amazing Disappearing Voter

Made possible by H ouston photographer Lynn Lane has voted in every general election and primary over the last five years. He hasn’t changed his address, so he was stunned this year to receive an official letter warning him that he might soon be erased from the rolls. Lane was one of 4,000 voters whose registrations were personally challenged by a single Republican, Alan Vera, who chairs the Harris County GOP’s “Ballot Security Committee.” This sort of individual challenge is illegal in some...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Obama, California, Senate, Virginia, New York City, Alabama, Barack Obama, Georgia, Indiana, Features, Brooklyn


The North Carolina GOP Is Trying Every Trick To Keep A Supreme Court Seat

Made possible by J udicial races in North Carolina tend to be low-key affairs. But the crowd gathered at a farmhouse near colonial-era Hillsborough last August — bluegrass on the screen porch, goats in the yard — gave a superstar’s welcome to the Democratic candidate for state Supreme Court. For years, Anita Earls has been the go-to attorney in North Carolina for beating back assaults on voting rights. She’s had her hands full: Since the 2010 Republican landslide, the state legislature has o...
Tags: Facebook, John Lewis, News, Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Obama, Republicans, Washington Post, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Features, Gop, Selma, Missouri, House


Democrats Need Voters’ Help To Fix Gerrymandering. Will They Get It?

Made possible by I n late 2017, after a first-time Democratic candidate won a special election in Washington, the Senate chamber tipped blue, giving Democrats a “trifecta” over the state’s government. One of their first orders of business was passing the “Access to Democracy” package — a sweeping set of voting reforms that included automatic voter registration and same-day registration. Over Republican opposition, Gov. Jay Inslee signed it into law by March. Also in late 2017, foll...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Chris Christie, News, Maryland, Supreme Court, Obama, Eric Holder, California, Washington, Oregon, Senate, White House, Virginia, Massachusetts, Barack Obama


A ‘low-profile’ revolution’ changes how local governments hold elections

Santa Monica, one of the state’s most left-leaning cities, would seem to be an unlikely arena for a court battle over racial discrimination. However, in a trial this month, the city defends electing city council members “at-large” by all voters, rather than from districts. A lawsuit contends that the system discriminates against Latinos and other non-white residents. It’s the latest of many legal challenges to local governments under the California Voting Rights Act, a 2002 law that makes it eas...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Modesto, John Mccain, Johnson, Malibu, Douglas Johnson, Santa Monica, Senate Judiciary Committee, U S Supreme Court, Capitol, Legislature, San Mateo, Watsonville


“Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s clerk: He was a wonderful boss and a fair-minded judge; Judge Kavanaugh is more than an impeccable, dedicated jurist; He’s a good man who values diversity and works hard to understand every viewpoint.”

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s clerk: He was a wonderful boss and a fair-minded judge; Judge Kavanaugh is more than an impeccable, dedicated jurist; He’s a good man who values diversity and works hard to understand every viewpoint.” Caroline Van Zile has this essay online at USA Today. And also online at USA Today, law professor Justin Levitt has an essay titled “For progressives, there’s a bright side to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination; Conservatives have been more motivated than liberals ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Usa Today, Kavanaugh, Justin Levitt, Brett Kavanaugh, Caroline Van Zile


Wednesday round-up

The dust continues to settle from the court’s unanimous rulings on Monday in two partisan-gerrymandering cases, Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone, both of which the justices sent back to the lower courts without reaching the merits. At CNN, Joan Biskupic reports that “[t]he Supreme Court’s rejection of Democrats’ challenge to districts they say were rigged on a partisan basis by Wisconsin Republicans [in Whitford] came on a 9-0 vote, but dueling opinions revealed internal conflicts and port...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Nbc News, America, Indiana, Cnn, Chicago, Netflix, Atlantic, United States, New York Times, Wisconsin, Courthouse News Service, Kennedy


Voting Rights Advocates Eye New Strategy To Block Aggressive Voter Purges

Voting rights advocates may have lost a major battle Monday with a 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding Ohio’s aggressive voter purge policies, but they’re not willing to concede the war. On a phone call with reporters after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, lawyers for the plaintiffs in the case hinted at what could be another legal strategy for blocking Ohio-style purges, which begin the process of removing voters from the rolls merely becaus...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Congress, Los Angeles, Georgia, Aclu, Ohio, Vra, Tierney Sneed, Ho, Sonia Sotomayor, Alito, Levitt, Naifeh, Loyola Law School, Husted


Afternoon round-up: Today’s oral argument in Trump v. Hawaii

Today the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Trump v. Hawaii, a challenge to the latest version of the Trump administration’s entry ban. Amy Howe has this blog’s analysis, which was first published at Howe on the Court. She reports that after over an hour of debate, “a majority of the court (and perhaps even a solid one) appeared ready to rule for the government and uphold the order in response to concerns about second-guessing the president on national-security issues.” Mark Walsh provides a ...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, US, Los Angeles, Bloomberg, Hawaii, New York Times, Associated Press, Npr, Abbott, Trump, Round-up, Mark Sherman, Perez


Symposium: Intent is enough

Justin Levitt is a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; he runs the website “All About Redistricting.” When the Supreme Court last addressed partisan gerrymandering in detail, all nine justices agreed that “an excessive injection of politics” into the redistricting process violates the Constitution. The court splintered, however, on two pivotal issues: how to know when an injection of politics is excessive, and who should decide. Four justices proposed various tests; four others wanted f...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, California, Nasa, Wisconsin, Kennedy, Cox, Heffernan, Gill, Anthony Kennedy, Justin Levitt, Merits Cases, Larios, Batson, Loyola Law School Los Angeles


Wednesday round-up

In The Washington Post, Sari Horwitz reports that “[i]n a court filing Monday, Justice [Department] attorneys took the opposite position from the Obama administration in a case that involved the state’s removal of thousands of inactive voters from the Ohio voting rolls” and that the department is now “arguing that the purges of voters are legal under federal law”; she notes that “[t]his brief, unlike the prior one, was not signed by career attorneys in the Civil Rights Division.” Additional cove...
Tags: Usa, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, Court, New York Times, Ohio, Doj, Huffington Post, ABA Journal, Bloomberg Bna, Trump, Round-up, Charlie Savage, Sam Levine


"DOJ flips on SCOTUS purge case"

"DOJ flips on SCOTUS purge case": Justin Levitt has this post at the "Election Law Blog."
Tags: Law, Doj, Justin Levitt


DOJ's Move To Target Affirmative Action A 'Big Red Flag' For Politicized Staffing

Reports this week that the front office of the Civil Rights Division under Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be running a project to investigate universities whose affirmative action policies purportedly discriminate against white students brought a chill that was all too familiar for some former Justice Department officials. These former officials warned that a direct line could be drawn from the politicized hirings that got the division in trouble during the George W. Bush administration to...
Tags: Post, News, Obama, Washington Post, White House, Reagan, Harvard, Harvard University, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Doj, George W Bush, Justice Department, Asian American, Trump, Bush


Why You Should Care About Trump's Election Panel & A Public Voter Database

One of the things President Trump can't seem to let go of is the baseless claim that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election.  The claim has been debunked plenty of times by researchers, government officials, and federal courts. Nevertheless, Trump signed an executive order to investigate the matter, which created the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in May.The commission is now asking states to turn over voters' personal data if allowed by its respective loc...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Mississippi, Obama, California, Politico, Cnn, Missouri, Social Security, Kansas, The Washington Post, Gulf of Mexico, Justice Department, Trump, Mike Pence, State


"President Trump’s voting commission stumbled into public view this week, issuing a sweeping request for nationwide voter data that drew sharp condemnation..."

"... from election experts and resistance from more than two dozen states that said they cannot or will not hand over all of the data," WaPo reports.The immediate backlash marked the first significant attention to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity since Trump started it last month and followed through on a vow to pursue his own unsubstantiated claims that voter fraud is rampant and cost him the popular vote in the presidential election. The White House has said the commi...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, Commission, Trump, Voting Rights, WaPo, Levitt, Loyola Law School, Justin Levitt, Ann Althouse, Federalism


Presidential 'Election Integrity' Commission Demands Massive Amounts Of State Voter Data

On Wednesday, all 50 states were sent letters from Kris Kobach — vice chair for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity — requesting information on voter fraud, election security and copies of every state’s voter roll data. The letter asked state officials to deliver the data within two weeks, and says that all information turned over to the commission will be made public. The letter does not explain what the commission plans to do with voter roll data, which often includes th...
Tags: News, Colorado, Stanford, White House, Virginia, Alabama, Barack Obama, Mit, Aclu, Connecticut, Social Security, Commission, DMV, Kansas, States, Department Of Justice


Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Potentially Monumental Political Gerrymandering Case

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Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obama, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Johnson, Smith, Huffington Post, Justice Department, Kennedy, Sam Levine, The Supreme Court, Paul Smith, Gill, Loyola Law School, Clarence Thomas


Supreme Court Puts States On Notice About Using Race In Redistricting

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Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, Eric Holder, Virginia, Court, Alabama, Los Angeles, Wisconsin, States, Republican, North Carolina, Huffington Post, Sam Levine, HARRIS, Cooper


Tuesday round-up

Yesterday the court added one case to its docket for next term, granting certiorari in SAS Institute Inc. v. Lee, which involves “inter partes” review of patents before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. Amy Howe covers yesterday’s order list for this blog. At LawNewz, Ronn Blitzer reports that the order list contained a summary affirmance of a lower court ruling that rejected a First Amendment challenge by the Louisiana GOP to a limits on the use of “soft money” by political parties for “feder...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington Post, Politico, Court, Bloomberg, Cnn, Gop, New York Times, Louisiana, Usa Today, North Carolina, Vox, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Round-up


"Disagreeing With Rick Hasen on the North Carolina Case"

"Disagreeing With Rick Hasen on the North Carolina Case": Richard Pildes has this post at the "Election Law Blog." Also at that blog, Justin Levitt has a post titled "NC redistricting, from someone not named Rick."
Tags: Law, North Carolina, Rick Hasen, Justin Levitt, Richard Pildes


Iowa Republicans Just Made It Harder To Vote -- For No Reason

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Tags: Texas, News, Los Angeles, Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina, Huffington Post, Sam Levine, Terry Branstad, Loyola Law School, Pate, Justin Levitt, State Paul Pate


Two Weeks After Donald Trump’s Promised Voter Fraud Probe -- Crickets

WASHINGTON ― Two weeks after President Donald Trump said he wanted an investigation into millions of “illegal” votes, the promised executive order remains somewhere in the ether. Trump appeared obsessed with the issue in his first days in office, telling a group of senators ― without any evidence to support the claim ― that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s victory in November’s popular vote tally by a margin of 2.9 million was entirely due to 3 million to 5 million illegally cast ballots. H...
Tags: Florida, New York, News, Washington, White House, Hillary Clinton, New Jersey, Fox News, States, Donald Trump, Abc News, Huffington Post, Latin America, Clinton, Trump, Democratic


Goon-Busters Prepare for Trump's Poll Trolls

Republicans have conjured for Americans a monster more frightening than any Hollywood has ever produced for Halloween. It pales “The Shining.” It is a two-headed beast Donald Trump calls voter fraud and rigged elections.  Like Hollywood creatures, though, this goblin is completely imaginary. It’s fake like the sasquatch and chupacabra. There’s no scientific evidence of its existence. The GOP antidote for its imaginary monster is horribly real, however. It is voter suppression and intimidation. T...
Tags: Hollywood, Texas, News, Dnc, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Gop, Aclu, Iowa, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Steve Webb, Donald Trump, George Romero, Huffington Post


Oath Keepers Founder Says 'Undercover' Poll Watching Effort Won't Intimidate Voters

WASHINGTON ― The founder of a fringe right-wing group issued a “call to action” this week asking members of the organization to go undercover to watch for voter fraud and voter intimidation at polling places on Election Day. Stewart Rhodes posted his call to action on the Oath Keepers website this week on “Operation Sabot 2016,” to “help police ensure the free and fair election process is not stolen from the citizens of the United States of America.”  In an interview with The Huffington Post, Rh...
Tags: News, Washington, United States, Michael Brown, Ferguson Missouri, Bob Marley, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Justice Department, Rhodes, Trump, Cliven Bundy, United States of America, HuffPost, Southern Poverty Law Center