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This category will include postings on the VRA extension and various court decisions interpreting the Voting Rights Act.

Few Local Governments Embracing Bailout Provision
Posted August 12, 2010 by J. Gerald Hebert

Voting rights groups and Department of Justice officials are as puzzled as I am why financially strapped local governments throughout Virginia are not seeking a bailout under the Voting Rights Act. After all, last year the U.S. Supreme Court opened the bailout door as wide as it could while leaving the Voting Rights Act intact.

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Alabama County Seeks Summary Judgment in Constitutional Challenge to Voting Rights Act
Posted June 9, 2010 by CLC Staff

Yesterday, Shelby County, Alabama filed a motion for summary judgment in Shelby County, AL v. Holder—a constitutional challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

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Don't Water Down Hope for Fair Districts
Posted April 26, 2010 by By Leon W. Russell, Nicholas Stephanopoulos and J. Gerald Hebert

Hoping to curb out-of-control gerrymandering, Florida's voters recently placed two initiatives on the ballot for this fall's elections. The entirely unsurprising opposition comes from Florida's Republicans — the architects and beneficiaries of the gerrymandered status quo - who continue to push a "poison pill" amendment in the legislature.

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Legal Center and League of Women Voters Release Redistricting Report
Posted April 2, 2010 by Legal Center Staff

Last week the Campaign Legal Center and the League of Women Voters of the United States released "Developing an Action Agenda for Redistricting in 2011", a report stemming from a conference convened to bring a broad spectrum of stakeholders and experts to the table to seek common ground.

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Public Corruption Investigation Urged in Texas
Posted October 21, 2009 by J. Gerald Hebert

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the Legal Center and CREW outlined the allegations against Texas State Representative Dwayne Bohac and Harris County elections office employee Ed Johnson. The letter emphasized that the known facts “strongly suggest public corruption in Texas and in Harris County, but may also include violations of the Voting Rights Act and other federal laws.”

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Congress Can Better Voter Registration
Posted September 14, 2009 by Marc Elias and Trevor Potter

As Congress reconvenes, the headlines will be dominated by partisan maneuvering on the big-ticket items of health care, the financial system and energy. But Congress can and should in a bipartisan manner address another critical issue that is often overlooked outside of an election year: how to make our election system work for all eligible Americans.

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What does the Supreme Court Voting Rights Act decision mean we should do now?
Posted June 26, 2009 by Armand Derfner

Of all the calls on Congress to “cure” Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act before the Supreme Court kills the law altogether in the next case, none is stranger than the suggestion that Congress should “update” the “coverage formula.”

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A New Page for Voting: It's Time to Ditch Paper-Based Registration
Posted June 25, 2009 by By Robert Bauer and Trevor Potter

For two years, we were on opposite sides of a historic election, serving as general counsels to the Obama and McCain presidential campaigns. Our experiences led us to an inescapable conclusion: Bringing our voter registration system into the 21st century must be the priority for improving the election process.

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Standing, Ripeness and the NAMUDNO case
Posted May 14, 2009 by J. Gerald Hebert

Contrary to statements made to the Supreme Court, the MUD’s constitutional challenge is as-applied and not facial. While the MUD originally had mounted both a broad facial challenge and an as applied challenge to Section 5’s preclearance requirements, the MUD’s amended complaint expressly focused that claim into an as applied challenge.

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Feds Still Must Safeguard the Vote
Posted May 6, 2009 by J. Gerald Hebert

The other day, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the most important voting rights case to come along since Bush v. Gore. The Court's decision, expected this summer, will have a lasting impact on our democracy.

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