LOS ANGELES – In a 2-1 decision, a federal court of appeals panel today ruled that private parties do not have the ability to sue under Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA). The decision came in a case out of Arkansas and will apply in the eight states in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Following the 2020 Presidential election dozens of states began passing bills with provisions that restricted voting rights. Texas was one of those states. The voter suppression legislation known as SB1 imposes new ID requirements on elderly and disabled mail voters, prevents election officials from reigning in unruly partisan poll watchers, limits community-based voter outreach, and makes it more difficult for voters to use the assister of their choice.
Federal Court Blocks Washington State’s Discriminatory Maps That Denied Latino Voters in Yakima Valley an Equal Voice
SEATTLE – In a victory for the voters of Washington, a federal judge ruled Thursday that Washington state’s redistricting plan violates Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) and dilutes the voting strength of Latino voters in the Yakima Valley region.
LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Allen v. Milligan, a lawsuit that challenged Alabama’s discriminatory redistricting maps, is an important victory for democracy and holds implications for other ongoing challenges to recently drawn maps.
CHICAGO – A Latino civil rights organization has reached a settlement regarding attorney’s fees in a lawsuit against Illinois state election officials and leaders of the state legislature over the use of redistricting plans that relied on population estimates rather than 2020 Census data, according to papers filed in federal court last week.
PHOENIX – A Latino civil rights organization is challenging an Arizona state law that could be used to remove U.S. citizens from voter rolls unlawfully, according to documents filed Monday in federal court.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A federal court has ruled that a section of Arkansas’ election law that places limits on who may provide assistance to voters, including those who are not proficient in English, violates the federal Voting Rights Act.
AUSTIN, TEXAS – According to court documents, a federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Texas Secretary of State to release records about a state program that claims to identify non-U.S. citizens on the voter rolls.
St. LOUIS, Mo. – Civil rights groups are suing Missouri state and local officials over a state election provision that disenfranchises voters with limited English proficiency or with disabilities who require assistance in casting a ballot.
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Today, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas (ACLU Texas), Campaign Legal Center (CLC), DĒMOS, and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to order Texas’ Secretary of State to produce records responsive to their previous requests seeking information about a state program that threatens to remove naturalized citizens from the voter rolls.
Tacoma, Washington – Voting and civil rights groups are suing Washington state officials over a state redistricting plan that violates the federal Voting Rights Act and dilutes the voting strength of Latino voters, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
CHICAGO – A federal court today upheld redistricting plans adopted by the Illinois General Assembly in September 2021.
CHICAGO – A federal court ruled today that state legislative redistricting plans adopted by the Illinois General Assembly and signed on June 4 by Gov. J.B. Pritzker are malapportioned and unconstitutional. The decision will lead to the federal court reviewing and adopting new maps to be used in the state.
EL PASO, TEXAS – A Latino legal rights organization is suing Texas state officials over newly adopted redistricting maps that violate the federal Voting Rights Act and dilute the voting strength of Latino voters, according to a lawsuit filed today.
CHICAGO – An Illinois redistricting plan approved by Gov. J.B. Pritzker is unconstitutional and violates the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, according to an updated lawsuit filed last week by a Latino civil rights group.