What’s The Deal With Off-Year Elections?

What’s The Deal With Off-Year Elections?

By Democracy Docket

While it might feel like the 2020 election cycle just ended, there are a lot of important races on the horizon this year. In today’s Explainer, we walk through which states have off-year elections in 2021, why they have them and how the delayed redistricting process could upend expectations. Although off-year elections are the exception to the rule, their outcomes impact voters across the country.

Illinois

Illinois Redistricting Challenge (MALDEF)

Contreras v. Illinois State Board of Elections

Lawsuit filed by Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on behalf of individual Latino voters challenging the 2021 redistricting maps signed into law by Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D). The complaint alleges that the maps, which were drawn using preliminary population estimates after the delayed release of 2020 Census data, are unconstitutional and should be replaced with maps based on the 2020 Census data.

Illinois

Illinois Redistricting Challenge (GOP Leadership)

McConchie v. Illinois State Board of Elections

Lawsuit filed by Republican leadership in the Illinois state legislature challenging the 2021 redistricting maps signed into law by Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D). The complaint alleges that the maps, which were drawn using preliminary population estimates after the delayed release of 2020 Census data, are unconstitutional and should not be enforced for future elections.

Update

Latino Civil Rights Group Sues Over Illinois Redistricting Maps

June 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) filed a federal suit on behalf of individual Latino voters registered in Illinois challenging the 2021 redistricting maps signed into law by Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) earlier this week.

Update

AG Garland Announces Significant Investments in DOJ Voting Rights Division

June 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a speech on voting rights delivered on Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice will double its staff dedicated to protecting voting rights over the next 30 days.

The Complicated Legacy of the 19th Amendment

By Democracy Docket

Today there are enshrined constitutional protections mandating that the right to vote not be abridged due to gender, race, age, religion or disability. But in practice, women of color still face massive inequities and institutional racism that prevents them from making their voices heard.

The Complicated Legacy of the 19th Amendment

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Voting Rights for Our Neighbors Matter As Much as Our Own

Voting Rights for Our Neighbors Matter As Much as Our Own

By Shenna Bellows

It shouldn’t be easier to vote in Maine than Montana. Voting rights for our neighbors matter as much as our own, especially when the relic of white supremacy that is the Electoral College remains in place.

Fight Voter Suppression

Fight Voter Suppression

Republicans’ historic losses in November 2020 and Trump’s Big Lie are driving the largest state-level attack on voting rights since the end of Jim Crow. Stay informed on the fight against voter suppression in your community and around the country.

Ubering to the Polls: Michigan’s Ban on Voter Transportation

The voter transportation ban and absentee ballot organizing ban do not make Michigan elections more secure, but instead disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters who rely on get-out-the-vote efforts. From souls-to-the-polls campaigns, to union-led rides to the polls, these voting restrictions uniquely burden the fundamental right to vote.

Ubering to the Polls: Michigan’s Ban on Voter Transportation