- Feb 24, 2016
As a result of last night’s federal court order, some voters in Kansas, Georgia and Alabama may now be kept from casting a ballot in the 2016 general election.
- Mar 9, 2016
- Apr 5, 2016
The United States Supreme Court upheld voting rights in a redistricting case that would have disenfranchised many people from voting, says Danielle Lang, senior counsel at Campaign Legal Center.
- Jun 22, 2016
The calamity of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder can only fully be understood by looking at the Voting Rights Act’s history and all the harm to voting rights that was successfully prevented because we had Section 5 in place.
A Fitting Remedy to Decades of Discrimination: Restoring Voting Rights to Virginians Who Have Served Their TimeAug 22, 2016
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that he has restored voting rights to 13,000 individuals who have served their time for felony convictions.
- Aug 24, 2016
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, while calling on his supporters to get out the vote on Election Day, has taken it one step further in urging them to “protect” the election from “cheating.” Voter intimidation tactics are not new, but they are illegal.
- Aug 29, 2016
Voters are challenging, under the Voting Rights Act, a 2012 city council redistricting plan that secures a white majority on the city council, even though Hattiesburg has a majority black population.
- Sep 20, 2016
Harris County officials are confident the latest judicial development regarding the Texas Voter ID Law will not have a big impact on the November 8th election.
- Sep 20, 2016
A federal judge in Corpus Christi this afternoon ruled that the State of Texas has not removed all of the barriers to voting which were included in the state's Voter ID law that was declared unconstitutional by an appeals court.
"The judge ruled that Texas on its own action has changed the language of the court's order in many of its educational materials to the voters," said Danielle Lang, Voting Rights Counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, one of the private advocacy groups which, along with the US Department of Justice, accused Texas of violating the terms of a settlement the state agreed to last month.
- Feb 23, 2017
Rather than fixing the problem, it appears this administration plans to use evidence of bureaucratic voter registration errors - which has nothing to do with voter fraud - as an excuse to make it harder to register to vote.
- Feb 27, 2017
“This is a position the Department of Justice has taken, and taken seriously, for many years,” says Danielle Lang of the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C., representing the plaintiffs. “It’s extraordinarily disappointing to see them make this 180 [degree turn].”
- Mar 22, 2017
(This blog originally appeared on the Take Care Blog.)
On Monday February 27, the Department of Justice began its official retreat from protection of minority voting rights by filing a motion to dismiss its intentional discrimination claim against the state of Texas for its strict voter identification law (“SB 14”). Both because this move represents the Department’s first official position on voting rights issues and because the Texas voter ID litigation has stood at the center of the recent firestorm over state discriminatory encroachments on the right to vote, this move is notable even if unsurprising.
- Mar 23, 2017
After an expedited FOIA request, a large document release, and three days of hearings, there still remain unanswered and unsettling questions about Judge Neil Gorsuch’s views on our fundamental right to vote.
States Can Require Financial Disclosure by Presidential Candidates to Safeguard Electoral Transparency (Take Care)Apr 6, 2017
Throughout the 2016 Election cycle, and since, there have been calls for all presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns. President Trump, despite these calls, has yet to do it.
States Can Require Financial Disclosure by Presidential Candidates to Safeguard Electoral TransparencyApr 6, 2017
Tax returns would also be the surest way for the American people to gain a clear picture of President Trump’s personal wealth, debts, foreign business ties, and potential conflicts of interest.
- Apr 11, 2017
Yesterday, a federal district court held, again, that Texas’s strict voter ID law, SB 14, was enacted with discriminatory intent. The district court initially held that the law was intentionally discriminatory after a nine-day trial in 2014. At trial, the Department of Justice and private plaintiffs introduced evidence that the law’s strict design—picking and choosing which IDs to accept and reject—was crafted to impose unnecessary, significant, and disproportionate burdens on minority voters.
- Apr 18, 2017
The Iowa legislature sent a strict voter ID bill to the governor’s desk last week. If the governor signs the bill, which he is widely expected to do, Iowa will be the first state in 2017 to pass a new law that burdens the right to vote. But it likely won’t be the last.
- Aug 18, 2017
If Members of Congress want to demonstrate their commitment to equality in the face of hate, they must restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. We will only conquer the scourge of hatred and racism when all of our citizens have equal opportunities in this country and that begins at the ballot box.
- Oct 11, 2017
Danielle Lang, Senior Legal Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, published an article in the UCLA Law Review on the efforts of California and other states to require disclosure of tax forms and financial information of candidates.
- Nov 8, 2017
CLC Senior Legal Counsel, Danielle Lang, appeared on KJZZ, NPR's Phoenix affiliate, to discuss Arizona’s dual-track voting registration system which is being challenged in court.
The Yale Law Journal: A Post-Shelby Strategy: Exposing Discriminatory Intent in Voting Rights LitigationFeb 8, 2018
For decades, intentional discrimination claims were relatively rare in voting rights cases. Both scholarly and judicial attention, therefore, was focused on developing the results test jurisprudence under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. But the influx of new barriers to voting and the loss of preclearance since Shelby County has changed the legal landscape and ushered in a new strategic embrace of intentional discrimination claims. While intentional discrimination claims impose a higher evidentiary burden, recent success with these claims demonstrates their legal and strategic benefits. By holding jurisdictions accountable for not only the results of their actions but also their motives, voting rights plaintiffs can secure more complete remedies, win back preclearance, build a public record of continuing racial discrimination, and expose the voter fraud myth as pretext in neutral fora. In so doing, our democracy will be strengthened and the most precious right we have as Americans, the right to vote, will be safeguarded for future generations.