Indiana Precinct Consolidation
Indiana State Conference of NAACP v. Lawson
Challenged Indiana Senate Bill 220 under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the First, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The challenged law mandated the consolidation of all precincts in Lake County, Indiana with fewer than 600 active voters, which in turn would have required the County to close most of the precincts in several majority-minority cities, including Gary, East Chicago, and Hammond. The entities charged with the task of adopting a precinct consolidation plan under the law did not adopt or implement a plan by the statutory deadlines. In addition, as a result of our litigation, the state legislature passed a law providing that any precinct consolidation plan adopted pursuant to the law would not take effect until 2019, after the critical 2018 elections. Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit as a result.