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An Overview of Voting Rights Litigation & The 2018 Midterm Elections

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Produced on January 22, 2019

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This program, taught by Julie A. Ebenstein, senior staff attorney at the ACLU Voting Rights Project, will provide an overview of election laws and policies that resulted in litigation just prior to the 2018 election, the court outcomes, and trends in courts’ responses to suppressive laws and policies. The course will look at states with numerous objectionable policies, close elections, and increased litigation efforts, such as Georgia and Florida, and consider whether voter suppression influenced those elections. It will also include a discussion of how 2018 election administration policies and the related court decisions are likely to re-emerge in the lead up to the 2020 election.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review voter suppression efforts since the Shelby County decision in 2013
  2. Assess voting barriers affecting the 2018 election
  3. Discuss the court challenges and decisions leading up to the 2018 midterm election
  4. Consider how the experience in 2018 will influence the 2020 election

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Julie Ebenstein

American Civil Liberties Union

Julie is a staff attorney with the ACLU Voting Rights Project. Julie is actively involved in litigating voting rights matters around the country, with cases in Kansas (challenging the state dual registration system), Iowa (challenging the state’s felon disenfranchisement laws), North Carolina (challenging cutbacks to early voting and the elimination of same-day registration) and Ferguson, Missouri (challenging at-large school board elections)

Leading up to the 2012 general election, Julie was a staff attorney with the ACLU of Florida. She was counsel in several voting rights cases, including litigation preventing reductions to early voting, a successful constitutional challenge to restrictions on voter registration drives, a challenge to Florida’s purge of the state voter rolls, and a challenge to the non-uniformity of elections laws among Florida counties. She also wrote and testified on the discriminatory effect of criminal disfranchisement laws and the intersection of over-criminalization and voting rights.

Before joining the ACLU, Julie focused on refugee protection issues, working first with the International Rescue Committee on the Thailand-Myanmar border, then with Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa. Prior to law school, Julie served as Policy & Advocacy Associate with the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Julie is a graduate of Columbia University and Fordham University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York and Florida.


Ira R.

Very well focused and informative presentation.

Josh N.

Well organized well presented very. Interesting

Jessie P.

Loved this presentation, thanks for all you do!

Madelyn L.

Excellent, knowledgeable instructor.

Angela B.

Great course and materials.

Todd V.

Great presentation.

Erica R.

This was one of the most interesting programs I have attended. Great speaker.

Michael G.

Very excellent and succinct presentation on current issues in voting rights. I commend the efforts of the ACLU in protecting the voting rights of all citizens.

Peggy F.

Speaker was very knowledgeable.

Ashleigh A.

Great recap of recent voting rights cases. Very interesting!

Heinz G.

Well presented

Katherine D.

Extremely well done!

Charles D.

Great presentation

Michael R.

excellent speaker, good content, well presented

Rita M.


Kim K.

Very timely content; strong, engaging presenter

Roscoe H.

Excellent course!

Brent S.

Clear, concise and informative. Excellent presentation of complex issues in an abreviated time period.

G. Christine P.

I would like to be Julie Ebenstein when I grow up! She was great. So knowledgeable and so professional, great real-life experience -- exactly what I expect from Lawline!

Deena M.

Interesting and informative lecture on current topics

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