“A coalition of civil rights groups, Democratic lawyers and the Obama administration has scored significant victories in overturning strict voting laws, highlighting how the death of Justice Antonin Scalia has removed the Supreme Court as a crucial conservative backstop for such measures. As the presidential election approaches, the challengers have rung up wins against their two top targets. Texas and North Carolina are now under judicial order to shelve comprehensive voting laws, passed by Republican legislators, that appeals courts said discriminated against African Americans and Hispanics. In Wisconsin, meanwhile, a federal judge has begun overseeing efforts to make it easier for those lacking the state’s required ID to cast ballots.”

Source: Robert Barnes. “Without Conservative Supreme Court Majority, Voter-Law Challengers Make Gains.” Washington Post. September 5, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/without-conservative-supreme-court-majority-voter-law-challengers-make-gains/2016/09/05/5ac74948-704e-11e6-9705-23e51a2f424d_story.html.

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