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Voting rights and redistricting litigation brought by CLC in response to the election challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Current as of May 2020.
More information about CLC's plan to protect the right to vote and redistricting during the COVID-19 pandemic
This action challenges Yakima County, Washington's at-large electoral system as a violation of the Washington Voting Rights Act.
This guide is for community members, activists, legislators, and the media—anyone who wants to understand why state VRAs are necessary, and how they should be written to ensure that people of color and local governments have the necessary tools to secure equal voting rights.
CLC drafted a friend-of-the-court brief in the Washington Supreme Court to underscore the constitutionality of the Washington Voting Rights Act under the state constitution's uniformity requirements. The brief was filed by partners ACLU of Washington and MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless on behalf of OneAmerica.
On April 22, 2020, CLC and Arkansas Voters First filed a lawsuit against Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston to seek several protections for voters who wish to have their voice heard in the democratic process with a ballot initiative to reform redistricting in November 2020.
On April 15, 2020, a unanimous Sixth Circuit panel upheld the lower court’s decision that denied individual Republicans’ and the Michigan Republican Party’s attempt to delay and prevent the implementation of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
A recent nationwide survey of likely 2020 general election voters commissioned by the Campaign Legal Center finds that voters overwhelmingly prefer congressional districts with no partisan bias, even if it meant less seats for their own party.
The survey also showed strong opposition to gerrymandering and broad, bipartisan support for the Supreme Court to set clear rules for when gerrymandering violates the Constitution.
Though redistricting has always been a problem in American politics, the outsized role of partisanship in the redistricting process has received unprecedented attention across the nation since 2010. This guide is intended to arm legislators, good government advocates, and activists with the knowledge needed to design an independent redistricting commission for state legislative or congressional districts.
CLC filed suit against the U.S. Census Bureau under the Freedom of Information Act, seeking access to documents about the Bureau’s efforts to use state driver-license records to help estimate how many adult U.S. citizens live on each census block in the nation.
A coalition of eleven good government groups who advocate for a better democracy sent a letter to the leadership in the Virginia House of Delegates, urging state lawmakers to put principle over party and move past its history of gerrymandering. By passing the fair maps constitutional amendment now being considered in the Virginia General Assembly and pairing it with strong enabling legislation, state representatives can ensure that voters are able to choose their politicians under fair maps.
CLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of the state of Delaware’s partisan balance requirements.