The independent state legislature theory could give state legislatures unchecked power to run congressional elections. If adopted by the Court, who can provide a check? The answer to that question is Congress.
In its upcoming term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide two crucial voting rights cases that have the potential to upend our country’s current election landscape. What’s at stake as the Court places fundamental rights in limbo yet again?
Throughout the South, the use of runoffs in primary elections is a legacy of the Jim Crow-era, when white supremacists used every tool available — including election rules — to maintain their hold on power.
We combed through our catalog of court cases to look for cases where the ISL theory, if adopted by the courts, may have affected the outcomes. Here are a few hypothetical examples.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case next term that embraces the independent state legislature theory, with significant implications for the future of American elections. Here’s what you need to know.
Trivial mistakes happen in voting and voter registration; the Civil Rights Act’s Materiality Provision aims to protect voters from unnecessary disenfranchisement because of these errors. Without a private right to action, the provision would become unenforceable.
We’re taking a step back to talk about voter purges more generally. What are they? Why do they happen? And more importantly, why are they dangerous? We answer these questions and more.
Activity in courts is certain to increase with the temperatures this July. We’re watching at least seven states for significant courtroom activity and potential decisions affecting voting rights.
In our second Voter Testimony piece, we examine a case challenging Louisiana’s congressional map. We parse through the lawsuit to understand the very real harm that inadequate representation inflicts on Black communities in Louisiana.
Almost every state has a law outlining how a private citizen, elections officials or poll watchers can challenge a voter’s eligibility and right to vote. This creates an opening for disruptive and discriminatory challenges.