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Voting Rights

Paul, Weiss’s advocacy in important voting rights cases dates back to 1963, when the firm won the landmark Supreme Court case Gray v. Sanders, which established the principle of “one person, one vote.”

We remain steadfast in our commitment, supporting recent voting rights actions in several courts nationally as counsel of record or counsel to amici curiae.

Below are some recent highlights:

  • In 2015, on behalf of the Brennan Center for Justice, we filed an amicus brief in Evenwel v. Abbott in support of Texas’ apportionment of state legislative seats on the basis of total population, rather than on the basis of eligible voters. In April 2016, the Court issued an 8-0 decision adopting the main arguments of our brief and siding in favor of the view that “one person, one vote” protects the representational rights of all people—not just those who are eligible to vote.
  • Also teaming up with the Brennan Center, we successfully challenged attempts to restrict the voting rights of minority populations in various swing states. In Washington state, we filed the first lawsuit in the country challenging laws that deny citizens the ability to vote if their personal voter information cannot be matched from one government source to another.
  • In a Florida case, we successfully challenged onerous new restrictions on community-based voter registration. In both the Washington and the Florida cases, the restrictions disproportionately impacted minority populations. Additionally, Paul, Weiss and the Brennan Center are advocating in state legislatures for automatic voter registration, an important issue that is gaining momentum, and against gerrymandering.
  • We also recently filed an amicus brief in Gill v. Whitford, a landmark challenge of partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin currently before the Supreme Court.

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