October 02, 2017

Texas’s Dueling Section 2 Challenges in the Age of Trump

By Benjamin E. Griffith

Texas has been the battleground for two interesting election law cases that swirl around the volatile mix of race and politics. The cases are Perez v. Abbott, arising in the Western District of Texas, and Veasey v. Abbott, in the Southern District of Texas. Both present unique liability and remedial issues under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and both are moving up the appellate ladder, one to the U.S. Supreme Court and the other to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. As they say deep in the heart of Texas, this is not their first rodeo.

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