Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and Developments in the Statehouses After the 2020 Elections: The Dragon Still Lives
SALPAL hosted an Election law brown bag featuring Prof. Richard L. Hasen, University of California, Irvine School of Law. The event was moderated by Dir. Meryl Chertoff, SALPAL Executive Director with introductory remarks by Prof. Sheila Foster, SALPAL Faculty Advisor.
Now that the 2020 Elections are done, the next front in the struggle for free and fair elections in America will be waged in statehouses around the country as decennial redistricting occurs. How will the 2020 Census and subsequent court rulings impact redistricting? How about Rucho v. Common Cause, the 2019 Supreme Court case that left the question of political gerrymandering for states to resolve? And what about legislation that has been introduced in statehouses around the country that will make access to the ballot more difficult for hundreds of thousands of Americans, many of them people of color? We discussed these topics and more with Professor Richard L. Hasen of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and a 2020 Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law. Professor Hasen is the author of Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy. He is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on election law and a regular commentator on CNN.