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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.