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Mar 5, 2018

Voting Rights Sum-Up: GOPers Avoid Special Elections They Could Lose

As I mentioned in last week’s sum-up, former Attorney General Eric Holder is leading a group focused on redistricting issues on the state legislative level. The group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, last week filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin targeting Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s refusal to hold special elections in two state legislative districts. As my colleague Allegra Kirkland detailed, Walker’s move is part of a larger trend: Republican officials around the country are putting off holding special elections for legislative seats that were previously held by Republicans. Walker’s office is justifying his decision by saying it’s about saving taxpayer money, but it comes after a Democrat won a special election for a reliably red state Senate seat in December. There will be a hearing on the Dem lawsuit later this month. Republicans in Alabama — where a special election last year handed Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Doug Jones — are taking the tactic to the…

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