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Jun 18, 2018

Weekly Primer: North Carolina Seeks Cuts To Early Voting — Again

The Supreme Court on Monday punted on two major redistricting cases that voting-rights advocates hoped would lead to limits on partisan gerrymandering. In two cases coming out of Maryland and Wisconsin, SCOTUS handed down unanimous decisions on procedural issues, letting the court side-step the bigger questions. Gerrymandering foes hope that other, future cases will give the court another opportunity to rein in extreme partisan gerrymandering. Kentucky, last Monday, settled a lawsuit brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch after the Justice Department intervened as well, according to court documents. Judicial Watch — and later, the Justice Department — had accused Kentucky of violating the National Voter Registration Act by not purging its voter rolls aggressively enough. Under the proposed agreement filed in court last week, Kentucky agreed to use certain protocols, in accordance with state law, to determine if voters on its rolls were no longer eligible to vote because they had moved. The state will specifically be using the…

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