Tag Archives: voting rights

Supreme Court Considers Limits of Racial Gerrymandering

By Marcus Baldori Associate Editor, Vol. 22 In the coming months, the Supreme Court is expected to clarify its stance on the legal boundaries of racial gerrymandering. In December 2016 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State … Continue reading

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Civil Rights Enforcement in the Trump Era

By Ali Boyd Associate Editor, Vol. 22 Online Publications Editor, Vol. 23 In the wake of President Trump’s recent inauguration, millions of people across the world came out in protest of his rhetoric and policy agenda.[1]  The day after the inauguration, the Women’s … Continue reading

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Deterrence and Democracy: Election Law After Preclearance

By Asma Husain Associate Editor, Vol. 22 In 2013, Chief Justice Roberts delivered the Court’s opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Considered the crown jewel of the Civil Rights Movement, the … Continue reading

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Presidential Election 2016: Why Democrats’ Frustration with Shelby County May Be Misdirected

By Ali Boyd Associate Editor, Vol. 22 In the midst of a nationwide battle for civil rights, President Lyndon B. Johnson called on Congress to create one of the most expansive protections of voting rights ever seen.  The result, the Voting … Continue reading

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Michigan Emergency Manager Law Upheld by Sixth Circuit

By Marcus Baldori Associate Editor, Vol. 22 On September 12, 2016, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Michigan’s controversial emergency manager law in a 3-0 decision. In general, the law provides that, when certain financial triggers are met, … Continue reading

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Poll workers: gatekeepers of the democratic process

By Amy Luong Associate Editor, Vol. 21 Production Editor, Vol. 22 March marked an increased number of states that began imposing Voter ID requirements among other voting prerequisites.[1] In 2013, the Supreme Court declared the coverage formula, § 4(b) of the Voting … Continue reading

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Block the vote: North Carolina’s voting laws on trial

By Matt Johnson Associate Editor, Vol. 21 Contributing Editor, Vol. 22 Election season is upon us, and everything from stickers to lawn signs are meant to encourage the American people to get to the polls. However, there is a disturbing … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Allows Strict Texas Voter ID Law

By: Lauren Tortorella, Associate Editor Vol. 20 On October 18, the Supreme Court issued an order allowing Texas to use its strict voter ID law for the November election. The 2011 law requires voters to present a photo ID before … Continue reading

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