Challenge to Guam's race-based plebiscite will go forward

May 08, 2015 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

The Guam legislature passed a law that allowed only “native inhabitants of Guam” to vote in an upcoming plebiscite concerning Guam’s political relationship with the United States. The plebiscite would ask native inhabitants to vote on whether Guam should seek statehood, independence, or a continued “association” with t ...


Is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act constitutional? **Updated**

January 19, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires “covered” states to “preclear” any changes in their state election procedures with the federal government before those changes go into effect. Many southern states are covered by this requirement, as are various areas of other states (including California). The issue currently b ...