Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will appeal a federal court decision granting early-voting in the state. Last week, a federal judge ruled that Ohio must reinstate early voting during the three-days before the election, a schedule that had previously been eliminated by Secretary of State, Jon Husted.
The court ruled that the elimination of early voting in the state of Ohio was "arbitrary" in that the ruling only applied to non-military personnel and would disproportionately affect minority and low income voters. Husted intended to ignore the court ruling but was called into court for contempt and has since complied with the ruling. Within hours, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced he would appeal the court's decision.
This news comes after victories in Texas to eliminate voter suppression measures.
Media Resources: Melissa Harris-Perry 9/9/12; Huffington Post 8/31/12; Talking Points Memo 8/31/12; Feminist Newswire 8/31/12
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .