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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted testimony in support of amending the Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA) to include a preclearance system. CLC’s testimony focused on the benefits of preclearing election law changes to avoid costly litigation and prevent discriminatory voting practices from coming into effect, as well as the ease of administering a preclearance system.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a friend of the court brief on behalf several former Department of Justice attorneys in Arkansas NAACP v. State of Arkansas. In Arkansas NAACP v. State of Arkansas, organizations appealed a federal district court’s decision that private parties are not allowed to file lawsuits under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Citizens Union filed an amicus brief in support of neither party explaining the harms and undemocratic nature of extreme partisan gerrymandering and urging the New York Court of Appeals to apply the state’s express constitutional standards barring gerrymandering and invalidate any maps that constitute partisan gerrymanders.
Following a four-day trial, a Kansas district court concluded that the congressional map enacted by the Kansas Legislature is a partisan gerrymander that also intentionally and effectively dilutes minority votes in violation of the Kansas Constitution. The court enjoined the use of the map in future elections, including in 2022.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed an amicus brief in support of neither party explaining the harms and undemocratic nature of extreme partisan gerrymandering and urging a New York appellate court to apply the state’s express constitutional standards barring gerrymandering and invalidate any maps that constitute partisan gerrymanders.
Following a four-day trial in Wyandotte County District Court, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and its partners filed proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, asking the trial court to hold that the Kansas congressional redistricting plan, known as Ad Astra 2, violates the Kansas Constitution because it is an extreme partisan gerrymander and because it intentionally dilutes the votes of minority voters.
Campaign Legal Center submitted this amicus brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals advocating for the court to explicitly rule that partisan gerrymandering violates the Maryland Declaration of Rights.
On March 30, 2022, the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Tennessee denied in large part Tennessee's motion to dismiss the Tennessee NAACP's challenge to the state's failed voting rights restoration process. The claims under the U.S. Constitution will proceed, as well as a claim that Tennessee has violated the National Voter Registration Act.
On April 1, 2022, the court denied plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction in Banerian v. Benson, upholding the Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission’s enacted congressional redistricting plan.
On March 31, LUCHA, LULAC, Arizona Students’ Association and ADRC Action filed suit against Arizona Secretary of State Hobbs challenging H.B. 2492, an extreme anti-voter law that imposes documentary proof of residence and citizenship requirements on voter registration, discriminates against naturalized U.S. citizens and strips certain voters of the right to vote in presidential elections and by mail.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) provided written testimony to the Committee on House Administration ahead of a Subcommittee on Elections hearing on Texas voting practices. CLC and our partners recently took Texas to court over its discriminatory, illegal voter purge that disproportionately targeted naturalized U.S. citizens who registered to vote after obtaining their citizenship, and the litigation ultimately resulted in a settlement agreement ending the state’s flawed voter purge program.
CLC submitted testimony in opposition to a new omnibus bill pending in the Georgia state legislature – HB 1464. The current version of the bill includes provisions allowing the Georgia Bureau of Investigations to intrude into the elections process, requiring any donation or gift (including food and water to voters) to be approved and distributed solely by the State Elections Board, and decreasing the number of voting machines at each precinct.
CLC with its partners on the DC Restore the Vote Coalition submitted testimony at the DC City Council’s oversight hearing for the DC Board of Elections (DC BOE). The testimony urges the DC BOE to make DC’s voter registration form accessible to eligible DC residents who are incarcerated in jails and the federal Bureau of Prisons and to adopt administrative practices to ensure ballot access for incarcerated voters.
Read the remarks from speakers at the press conference discussing League of Women Voters of Utah v. Utah State Legislature.
Read more about the individual and organizational plaintiffs in League of Women Voters of Utah v. Utah State Legislature.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Utah counsel at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and Zimmerman Booher filed a complaint on behalf of League of Women Voters of Utah, Mormon Women for Ethical Government and individual voters challenging Utah’s new partisan gerrymandered congressional map and the Utah Legislature’s repeal of a 2018 anti-gerrymandering citizen initiative law.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and UCLA Voting Rights Project filed an amended complaint against Galveston County challenging the county’ drawing of discriminatory Commissioners Court maps in violation of the Voting Rights Act, and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and co-counsel filed a brief in opposition to the legislature’s and four individual voter’s application to stay implementation of state legislative maps selected by the Wisconsin Supreme Court following legislative impasse, on behalf of Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, Voces de la Frontera, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and three individual Wisconsin voters.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas (ACLU Texas), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and DĒMOS filed a motion for preliminary injunction against Texas Secretary of State John B. Scott’s refusal to produce records responsive to their previous record requests made pursuant to the National Voter Registration Act. The requested records pertain to a state program that threatens to remove naturalized citizens from the voter rolls.
In response to Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) complaint, the Kansas Attorney General, on behalf of the defendants in CLC’s case, asked the Kansas Supreme Court to stop the trial court proceedings on the grounds that CLC’s lawsuit was nonjusticiable. On March 4, 2022 the Kansas Supreme Court refused, ruling that CLC’s lawsuit could proceed in the district court and encouraging the parties to work “expeditiously” to resolve the case.