Constitutional Law and Civil Rights

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Once Again: Voting Rights and Gay Marriage In The News
Posted on 3 Feb 2014 by State Net

VOTING RIGHTS BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS: A bill introduced in Congress last month would require four southern states to once again obtain federal preapproval before making any changes to their voting laws by replacing parts of the Voting Rights Act... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Constitutional Rights Updates: States Keep Identifying Voter ID Requirements
Posted on 12 Aug 2014 by State Net

WI SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS STATE'S VOTER ID LAW: Wisconsin's Supreme Court upheld the state's voter ID law in a pair of cases, but only after tweaking the law to bring it in line with the state Constitution in one of them. Under the terms of... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Civil Rights Updates: Affirmative Action, Election Rights, Abortion Rules
Posted on 6 May 2014 by State Net

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS MI BAN ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Last month the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's 2006 ballot initiative ending affirmative action at public universities in the state [ version available to subscribers ]. The decision... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Constitutional Rights Updates: Voting Law Challenges Create Uncertainty Ahead Of Midterms
Posted on 24 Jun 2014 by State Net

Just months ahead of the midterm elections in November, court challenges to tough new voting laws in several states have thrown the electoral process into legal limbo. Nearly all of the laws — imposing strict photo ID requirements and restricting... Read More

Justice Department Keeps Up Pressure On Texas Voting Laws
Posted on 7 Aug 2013 by State Net

POLITICS AND LEADERSHIP: Last month, the U.S. Justice Department asked a panel of judges in San Antonio to order continued scrutiny of Texas' voting procedures, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June nullifying the requirement for the... Read More

7th Cir. Explains What Same-Sex Marriage and Voter ID Have in Common
Posted on 9 Oct 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

By Eric G. Pearson What do cases involving challenges to same-sex-marriage and voter ID laws have in common? The answer, according to a per curiam opinion issued last week by a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit... Read More

States Continue to Restrict and Expand Opportunities to Vote
Posted on 16 Oct 2013 by State Net

AZ SWITCHING TO TWO-TRACK VOTING SYSTEM: Arizona could have a dual-track voting system requiring the use of two different ballots in next year's elections, as a result of an opinion issued last week by the state's attorney general, Tom Horne.... Read More

The Voting Rights Act: Voter Purges and Voter IDs
Posted on 13 Aug 2013 by State Net

POLITICS & LEADERSHIP FL GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER VOTER 'PURGE': Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is planning to initiate another purge of non-U.S. citizens from the state's voter rolls, despite the uproar created by his last such effort.... Read More