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The Indiana Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has released a comprehensive advisory memorandum addressing voting rights and access to the polls in the state. The memorandum, informed by a series of public panel discussions in February and March of this year, offers an in-depth examination of a significant number of voting concerns brought before the Committee. The memorandum also offers recommendations for inclusion in the Commission’s forthcoming national report on the state of voting across the U.S.
Primary concerns addressed in the memorandum include: strict voter identification requirements resulting in disenfranchisement of otherwise eligible voters, particularly in communities of color; inconsistencies and a lack of voter education regarding the counting of provisional and absentee ballots; false identification and cancellation of allegedly dually registered voters through the interstate “Crosscheck” program; limitations on polling hours, early voting locations, and voting center locations; inaccurate or insufficient training of poll workers; political gerrymandering; a lack of paper records and audits of election results; and a lack of civics education in schools to inform and encourage engaged citizen voters.


Earlier this month the Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiffs in Gill v. Whitford  failed to demonstrate standing and sent the case back to the district court to give the plaintiffs a chance to demonstrate that they have suffered “concrete and particularized injuries”. In Benisek v. Lamone, the court also sent the case back to the lower courts without ruling on the merits.  
Both decisions mean that voters in Maryland and Wisconsin will once again be forced to participate in an election under an unconstitutional map. However, Leagues continue to gain momentum on redistricting, including in Pennsylvania where the League is working for a plan 'free from partisan hijacking' and in North Carolina where we could see the next big legal battle on gerrymandering.   

Check out A Conversation on Redistricting with Ruth Greenwood and Nick Stephanopoulos, originally broadcast live at our National Convention on June 28. Greenwood served on the legal team for the plaintiffs in Gill v. Whitford and Stephanopoulos created the Efficiency Gap Theory, which is the standard the court considered in the Gill v. Whitford case. Both are co-council for the League of Women Voters of North Carolina in the partisan gerrymandering case, LWV v. Rucho
League of Women Voters of the United States July 1, 2018 






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