How the Courts Failed Us

How the Courts Failed Us

By Marc Elias

In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court struck down the coverage formula underpinning Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 because, in the words of the Chief Justice: “Nearly 50 years later, things have changed dramatically.” Turns out, he was wrong.

Florida

Florida Voter Suppression Bill (NAACP LDF)

Florida NAACP v. Lee

Lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on behalf of the Florida NAACP, Disability Rights Florida, and Common Cause challenging the voter suppression law, SB 90. The case claims that SB 90’s drop-box restrictions, ID requirements, food and water ban, and more violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, the First and Fourteenth Amendments, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Florida

Florida Voter Suppression Bill (LWV)

League of Women Voters of Florida v. Lee

Lawsuit brought by the League of Women Voters of Florida, Black Voters Matters Fund, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans and individual voters against all 67 Florida counties challenging the voter suppression law, SB 90. The case claims that SB 90’s drop-box restrictions, vote by mail repeat request requirement, volunteer assistance ban, deceptive registration warning and food and water ban violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Update

Texas House Passes SB 7 Voter Suppression Bill

May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Republicans in the Texas House passed SB 7 on its final reading on Friday afternoon.

Update

New York AG Intervenes in Suit Against Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorist

May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The New York Attorney General’s office filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against right-wing conspiracy theorist and fraudster, Jacob Wohl, on Thursday.

How Republicans Use Redistricting To Their Advantage

By Democracy Docket

We’re looking back at a 2020 study that dove into the impact of redistricting on the partisan seat share in the U.S. House over the last 50 years—and how Republicans have manipulated the redistricting process for their own benefit. 

How Republicans Use Redistricting To Their Advantage

OnThe Docket

The Real Census News: The GOP’s Self-Sabotage

The Real Census News: The GOP’s Self-Sabotage

By David Litt

A country in which party so thoroughly trumps geography is not the Republic our Framers envisioned—but the 2020 census sabotage makes clear that it’s the Republic in which we now live.

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.

The Voting Rights Reforms Experts Want to See

With H.R.1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act stalled in Congress, we asked our contributors to think beyond existing federal legislation and to share other new, bold, voter-centric policy ideas.

The Voting Rights Reforms Experts Want to See