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Barriers to Voting
Herring v. Marion County Election Board
On October 24, 2008, LDF settled a lawsuit filed just two days earlier, and designed to protect the voting rights of foreclosure victims. The suit, Herring v. Marion County Election Board, was filed in Indiana state court to ensure that eligible voters who may have faced the threat of...More
Landmark: Smith v. Allwright
In Smith v. Allwright, Thurgood Marshall rose in front of the United States Supreme Court to argue that Texas’s Democratic primary system allowed whites to structurally dominate the politics of the one-party South. Specifically, the case presented the question of whether the...More
Little v. LATFOR
Last year, New York enacted legislation (known as “Part XX”) ending the practice known as “prison-based gerrymandering,” and realigning the state’s redistricting practices with basic principles of equality.
“Prison-based gerrymandering” is a practice whereby many states and local...More
Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder
In 2006, just days after President Bush signed into law the bill reauthorizing core provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a small water district in Austin, Texas filed a federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C. challenging the preclearance provision known as Section 5 of the Act. Section...More
Prison-Based Gerrymandering Reform
“Prison-based gerrymandering” is a practice whereby many states and local governments count incarcerated persons as residents of the areas where they are housed when election district lines are drawn. This practice distorts our democratic process by artificially inflating the...More
In August of 2010, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), along with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Asian American Justice Center, released The Impact of Redistricting in Your Community: A Guide to Redistricting.
Barriers to Voting
Scott v. Schedler
Scott v. Schedler is a lawsuit alleging that the State of Louisiana has failed to comply with its obligations under the National Voter Registration Act (also known as the “NVRA” and the “Motor Voter Act”). The NVRA was enacted in 1993 to ensure that all Americans, regardless of...More
Voting Rights Act
South Carolina v. United States
The State of South Carolina filed South Carolina v. United States in federal court in Washington, D.C. under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, seeking approval of its proposed restrictive voter ID law. The Department of Justice had already rejected...More