|(10 Aug 2021)
While the number of civil voting rights cases are down since the spurt of such filings surrounding the 2020 elections, they are beginning to climb again. The latest available data from the federal courts show that during June 2021 the government reported 15 new civil rights voting lawsuits filed.
According to the case-by-case court records analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, this brings the number to 58 civil filings since January of this year. Only one of the suits filed in June was filed by the U.S. government.
Voting rights litigation tends to occur in election years and drops off sharply in off-election years. The number of June suits exceeded any previous month in off-election years with the one exception of November 2019 in the lead up to the 2020 elections.
A total of 31 out of the 94 federal judicial districts have had at least one voting rights case filed this calendar year. The largest total has been in the Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta) with eleven (11) suits thus far. This was followed by the Western District of Texas (San Antonio) with five (5).
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