- Jun 28, 2017
In December 2016, an organization filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court challenging S.B. 1107, legislation which amended California’s Political Reform Act to empower the state and local governments to establish citizen-funded elections.
- Jun 14, 2017
CLC joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fun in filing a brief in support of the plaintiff, arguing that protections of the Voting Rights Act override state sovereignty in order to protect voters and hold state officials accountable for racially discriminatory election laws.
- Feb 1, 2016
Plaintiffs, Black residents of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, brought this Voting Rights Act challenge to the 2012 redistricting plan for Hattiesburg’s City Council. Due to shifts in population, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is now a majority-Black city. Black voters comprise the largest voting group in Hattiesburg and voting in the city is extremely racially polarized. In 2012, the White-majority City Council, over the objections of the Black members, adopted a redistricting plan that ensures that white majorities will control three out of the five City Council wards. The district court held that the plan is “roughly proportional” and therefore rejected Plaintiffs’ Voting Rights Act challenge. On appeal, Plaintiffs-Appellants argue that the plan deprives Black voters of an equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect candidates of their choice.
- Mar 23, 2018
CLC wrote a letter to the Mayor of Lansing, Illinois and the Village Board about the use of an election system that results in vote dilution of the village's black community by diminishing voters' opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.
- Mar 15, 2018
CLC sent a letter to the Village of Carpentersville about the use of their voting system for election of the Board of Trustees, which results in dilution of the village's Latino community.
- Mar 8, 2018
CLC sent a letter to the Tennessee state government urging them not to overturn the will of the voters of Memphis on instant runoff voting, which was approved in 2008 by 71 percent of voters for city council elections.
- Mar 2, 2018
CLC and the NYU School of Law Civil Rights Clinic sent a letter to the Tennessee Secretary of State informing his office about the state's failure to comply with the National Voter Registration Act requirements.