July 2013

DOJ Opens New Front in Fight Over Voting Rights Act

About a month after the Supreme Court effectively eliminated preclearance as a key part of the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Department of Justice has signaled its intention to re-open the debate by asking courts to re-impose preclearance on certain states.

Arizona Consolidation Fight Goes to Court

Two big Arizona cities are challenging a new state law consolidating local elections in even-numbered years, claiming that it infringes on local autonomy and won’t produce the promised cost savings and turnout effects.