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PLF attorney discusses recent Supreme Court decision

July 07, 2009 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Joshua Thompson PLF Principal Attorney Sharon Browne is currently being featured on the Federalist Society's website dicussing the Supreme Court's recent decision in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder.  Northwest Austin was expected to be a landmark decision regarding the constitutionality of the Votin ...

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Farrakhan v. Gregoire : Is the Ninth Circuit having second thoughts about felon voting rights?

April 26, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Ralph W. Kasarda On January 5, 2010, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision and held, in Farrakhan v. Gregoire, that the State of Washington's felon disenfranchisement law violates the federal Voting Rights Act.  In a 2-1 decision, the court concluded that the felons' showing of statistical disparities among race ...

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Can felons force states to let them vote? Ninth Circuit to rehear Farrakhan v. Gregoire

April 30, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Ralph W. Kasarda In an earlier post on the Liberty Blog, I described how the Ninth Circuit had ordered the parties in Farrakhan v. Gregoire to submit briefs setting forth their respective positions on whether the case should be reheard.  After considering those briefs, the Ninth Circuit has in fact ordere ...

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PLF files amicus brief in Farrakhan v. Gregoire to protect state electoral practices

May 24, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Ralph W. Kasarda Last week the Pacific Legal Foundation and Center for Equal Opportunity filed an amicus brief in support of the State of Washington in Farrakhan v. Gregoire.  That case concerns an attempt by convicted criminals to nullify a section of the Washington State Constitution that prohibits felons from voting.  (Previo ...

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Ninth Circuit saves Washington's felon disenfranchisement law in Farrakhan v. Gregoire

October 08, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Ralph W. Kasarda Yesterday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision in a case called Farrakhan v. Gregoire.  In Farrakhan, felons claimed that the state of Washington's felon disenfranchisement law violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, because the law results in a denial or abridgement of ...

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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 ...

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Bailing out from Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

March 09, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Ever since the Supreme Court’s decision in Northwest Austin, it appears as though bailout is actually a real option for some jurisdicitons. This is a welcome development, but Section 5 is still unconstitutional.  I discussed the constitutionality of Section 5 at Stanford Law School in January.   … ...

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Quote of the day : Abigail Therstrom

May 23, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

From her interview with the Wall Street Journal: After the passage in 1996 of California’s Proposition 209, which banned the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions in that state, “the system as a whole did not lose blacks, and minority graduation rates went up. Nobody wants to talk about that. All that … ...

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It's time for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to go

August 27, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Last week, PLF filed this brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of Shelby County, Alabama.  Shelby County is challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  PLF’s brief urges the Supreme Court to take up this very important case. The Voting Rights Act (Act) was an iconic piece of legislation.  It ...