Monthly Archives: May 2021

“Texas Democrats abandon House floor, blocking passage of voting bill before final deadline”

Alexa Ura for the Texas Tribune: The sweeping overhaul of Texas elections and voter access was poised from the beginning of the session to pass into law. It had the backing of Republican leaders in both chambers of the Legislature. … Continue reading →

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Rick Hasen


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“Let the People Rule: How Direct Democracy Can Meet the Populist Challenge”

John Matsusaka has written this book for Princeton University Press that is well worth your time. Here’s the description: Propelled by the belief that government has slipped out of the hands of ordinary citizens, a surging wave of populism is … Continue reading →

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How Gerrymandering Shaped Major Late 19th Century National Policies

I have been reading Erik J. Engstrom’s book, Partisan Gerrymandering and the Construction of American Democracy, which is a tour de force on the history of partisan gerrymandering. I decided to put this post together to convey a sense of … Continue reading →

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Richard Pildes


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IL Democrats Redraw State Supreme Court Districts for First Time in 60 Years to Keep Control

From the Chicago Tribune (note that the one-person, one-vote doctrine does not apply to election districts for elected state supreme courts): In addition to the legislature, Democrats doubled-down on their cartography skills, passing the first redrawing of Illinois Supreme Court … Continue reading →

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Richard Pildes


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“As G.O.P. Blocks Inquiry, Questions on Jan. 6 Attack May Go Unanswered”

NYT: In blocking the formation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Republicans in Congress have all but closed off the possibility of a full and impartial accounting for one of the most serious assaults on … Continue reading →

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Rick Hasen


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“How the new Texas voting bill would create hurdles for voters of color”

Amy Gardner for WaPo: Texas is poised to adopt one of the most restrictive voting bills in the country, a 67-page measure with a slew of provisions that would make it harder to cast ballots by mail, give new access to partisan … Continue reading →

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Rick Hasen


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“Texas House set to consider GOP priority voting bill after sweeping changes made behind closed doors”

Alexa Ura for the Texas Tribune: The Texas House is expected to take up a sweeping voting bill after 5 p.m. Sunday that includes provisions to limit early voting hours, curtail local voting options and further tighten voting-by-mail.Senate Bill 7, … Continue reading →

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Rick Hasen


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Colorado Democrat says he's tired of GOP playing games on Capitol riot

Rep. Jason Crow said Sunday that he was tired of “playing whack-a-mole” with Republicans on the Hill.In discussing the Senate’s rejection of a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the Colorado Democrat said he was frustrated by Republicans moving the goal posts whenever Democrats made concessions.”I’m sick of playing the game of whack-a-mole with GOP members in Congress. Every time we address one of their concerns, another one pops up,” Crow said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”Republicans led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked the proposal last week; the vote was 54-35 in favor of the commission, leaving it six votes short of the total needed to end a filibuster. Among those 11 senators who didn’t vote, at least three were believed to be in favor of the commission.”We think there were a couple more people who would have voted had they been present,” Crow told

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By David Cohen


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Rep. Jeffries: Texas voting proposal is 'shameful'

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Sunday called Texas’ proposed new voting restrictions “shameful,” instead expressing support for Democrats’ proposed sweeping voting rights overhaul. The Texas Senate on Sunday passed one of the most restrictive voting laws in the U.S. along party lines. The bill includes provisions that would make it easier for a judge to overturn an election, ban drive-thru voting and 24-hour polling centers and push back the start of Sunday voting, a time frame during which many Black churchgoers vote. While the bill still awaits a final vote in the House, Democrats have virtually no way to block it, and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has indicated he will sign it.”The Texas law is shameful,” Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And Republicans, clearly, in Texas and throughout the country want to make it harder to vote and easier to steal an election. That is the only

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By Maya Parthasarathy


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A Harbinger of Things to Come?

A disturbing story about the just-completed race for Mayor in Anchorage: For Anchorage election workers, this month’s mayoral runoff was like no other. Citizen observers crowded outside the Election Center, photographing workers and writing down their license plate numbers. Inside, … Continue reading →

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Richard Pildes


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