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Apr 29, 2019

Voting Rights: A Victory For Anti-Gerrymandering Advocates In Michigan

A federal court in Michigan was the latest to hand down a ruling striking down a legislative map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Voters and a voting rights group in the state won their challenge Thursday in a suit that targeted a total of 34 districts from the GOP-drawn state House, state Senate and U.S. congressional map. The ruling comes as we wait for the Supreme Court to hand down its decisions in two partisan gerrymandering cases it heard earlier this term. A lawsuit brought against Texas for its error-ridden voter fraud allegations list looks close to resolution with a proposed settlement in the case announced Friday and a judge on Monday dismissing some of the suit’s claims in light of the agreement. Under the settlement, the state would significantly narrow its use of driver’s license data to identify alleged noncitizens on its voter rolls. When it originally assembled the list released in January, the state identified thousands of eligible voters…

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