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A three-judge panel denied the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction in a federal court challenge to the two North Dakota State House subdistricts that follow the boundaries of Reservations. The court ruled in favor of the defendants, including the MHA Nation who intervened to defend the subdistrict containing their Reservation, holding that the non-Native plaintiffs had not met their burden of proving that race was a predominate factor in drawing the district boundaries and that the public interest counseled against granting relief since North Dakota’s primary has already begun.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the UCLA Voting Rights Project filed a motion for preliminary injunction on behalf of individual Latino voters and the Southcentral Coalition of People of Color for Redistricting against Washington’s state legislative district map, which dilutes Latino voting strength in the Yakima Valley region in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act
Kansas voters filed a lawsuit in state court challenging Kansas’ 2022 congressional redistricting plan as a partisan and racial gerrymander that violates the Kansas Constitution. The lawsuit alleges that Kansas violated its own constitution when it enacted a congressional plan that threatens to eliminate the state’s only Democratic congressional seat and its only congressional district in which minority voters can, together with white crossover voters, elect their candidate of choice to Congress.
Before filing their complaint in this lawsuit, Spirit Lake Chairman Douglas Yankton and Turtle Mountain Chairman Jamie Azure issued a joint letter to North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and leaders in the legislature requesting that the Tribal Nations be placed into a single combined legislative district. The letter further details the chairmen’s finding that the legislature’s proposed map is likely illegally drawn in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed comments with the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network describing the value of beneficial ownership disclosure in the enforcement of campaign finance law.
The Spirit Lake Nation, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and individual Native voters filed suit in federal court in North Dakota alleging that North Dakota’s 2021 state legislative map violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by cracking and packing Native voters in the northeastern part of the state, denying those voters’ an equal opportunity to elect candidates of choice to the North Dakota legislature. Campaign Legal Center (CLC), Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and the Law Offices of Bryan Sells represent the plaintiffs in their suit, and Robins Kaplan LLP represents the Spirit Lake Tribe.
On Feb. 7, 2022, Voters Not Politicians (VNP) moved to dismiss Count II of the complaint in Banerian v. Benson.