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Elections & Voting

On this day, the Republican Party names its first candidates

July 6, 2018 By NCC Staff

On July 6, 1854, disgruntled voters in a new political party named its first candidates to contest the Democrats over the issue of slavery. Within six and one-half years, the newly christened Republican Party would control the White House and Congress as the Civil War began.

The partisan gerrymander dispute goes on

June 18, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court, showing once again its reluctance to take a bold step to put some limits on the decades-long practice of “partisan gerrymandering,” voted on Monday to keep the courthouse doors open to challenging the practice and edged a bit closer to a definition of the constitutional harm it may cause.

Supreme Court sides with Ohio in voter-rolls dispute

June 11, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the state of Ohio’s voter-registration list maintenance policies to remain in place, reversing a federal appeals court ruling.

The Supreme Court’s polling place dress-code case

June 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Does the First Amendment protect messages on clothing people wear when casting their votes at polling places? That’s a complicated question the Supreme Court will answer sometime this month.

Lincoln and Taney’s great writ showdown

May 28, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On May 28, 1861, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney directly challenged President Abraham Lincoln’s wartime suspension of the great writ of habeas corpus, in a national constitutional showdown.

Delaying ruling on partisan gerrymanders? Pros and Cons

April 3, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

For more than three decades, some members of the Supreme Court have thought the courts should do something to rein in the centuries-old practice of partisan gerrymandering – that is, drawing election districts to give one party’s candidates a clear advantage.  But none of the Justices have thought they knew what to do about it.

If an “extreme” gerrymander is invalid, what then?

March 28, 2018 By

A deliberate effort by Maryland’s Democratic leaders to take a congressional seat away from Republicans might be just the kind of “partisan gerrymander” that the Supreme Court could now be ready to rule unconstitutional. But would that clarify anything about how much partisanship in drawing new election maps is too much?

Legal fight begins over census citizenship question

March 27, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The state of California will sue the Trump administration over the upcoming 2020 census and its inclusion of a question about U.S. citizenship, California state attorney general Xavier Becerra said Monday night.

The Supreme Court hears the other gerrymandering case this term

March 27, 2018 By NCC Staff

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear its second gerrymandering or political redistricting case of its current term. This time, it is the Republicans who claim they suffered a First Amendment rights violation in Maryland.

Is the Pennsylvania congressional vote dispute now over?

March 20, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

In the space of about three hours on Monday, the intense, months-long battle over partisan gerrymandering in Pennsylvania elections this year for 18 members of the U.S. House of Representatives reached a pause, one that may well end it altogether.

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