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SCOTUS ruling has broader impact than just redistricting
Ruling impacts elections administration in two key ways

By Edward B. Foley, Director, Election Law @ Moritz
Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law, Moritz College of Law

What does this week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Arizona redistricting case mean for the world of election administration?

We know it gives a green light to the use of ballot referenda and initiatives to create the kind of nonpartisan redistricting commission that Arizona and California have, and that is potentially a huge development in the world of redistricting itself.

We know, too, that the jurisprudential debate between Justice Ruth Ginsburg opinion for the Court’s five-member majority (including the all-important swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy) and Chief Justice John Roberts for the four dissenters has the potential for overarching theoretical significance concerning the nature of appropriate judicial interpretation of the U.S. Constitution — as I’ve already touched on elsewhere.

But in terms of the rules and institutions for administering the voting process itself, is this week’s decision of particular significance?

Yes. For two reasons. Read More…

Feb 17, 2011

Overseas News: Lawmakers: Must troops sue for voting rights?

California: Bill would allow Californians to register online  |  Surprises loom as election debate picks up steam

Colorado: November ballots go through the mail

Guam: Lawmakers ponder possibility of repealing early voting

Hawaii: Instant runoff voting gains traction in Hawaii

Indiana: Grand jury probing vote by White  |  No charges filed in ballot probe

Kansas: Election commissioner forming study committee for voting places

Louisiana: Rep. Walker Hines plans to run for secretary of state

Maine: Bill would require voters to show ID at polls  |  Lawmakers considering bill that would require change in election rules

Maryland: Counties ask for more early voting sites

Nebraska: Vote by mail election gets an 'aye'

New Mexico: Committee vote on voter ID bill postponed  |  Voter ID bill unlikely to pass  |  Feds halt purge of 60K voters

New York: Villages prefer reliable older lever voting machines  |  Croton voters asked to move elections to November

North Carolina: Requiring voter ID: Good or bad for democracy?  |  Opponents speak out against voter ID  |  FSU students lobby against voter ID

Oklahoma: Bill's passage would help military voters

South Carolina: 1,127 voters not counted in Richland in November

Tennessee: Rutherford County elections administrator steps down  |  Walker resigns from post as administrator of elections  | County receives bill for election commission audit

Texas: Commissioners introduce new elections administrator

Virginia: Judge's ruling expands access to Virginian's voting records

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