Friday, September 25, 2015

My brief in Evenwel v. Abbott -- the Supreme Court's newest one person, one vote case

Nate Persily

I have filed this amicus brief for political scientists in Evenwel v. Abbott, the one-person, one-vote case the Court will hear this term, which poses the question whether districts must be drawn around eligible voters rather than on the basis of total population.  I have discussed the case extensively on Scotusblog and earlier at Politico.  The basic argument in all of these pieces is that no dataset exists that would allow for accurate, timely redistricting on the basis of eligible voters.  This argument is one I made long ago in this Cardozo Law Review piece on "The Law of the Census." At the time, though, I never thought the Court would consider changing the one-person, one-vote rule in such a radical way.

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