The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on June 15, 2014 in federal court seeking an injunction against further use of a malapportioned districting plan for the Jasper County School District in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Legislature has had an adequate opportunity to fix the districting plan, but has failed to do so. The plaintiffs have asked the federal court to implement a remedial plan that complies with one person, one vote so that they and all voters in Jasper County will have an equal vote in the upcoming 2014 election.
"The Supreme Court has recognized that the right to vote is fundamental because it is protective of all rights. There is no excuse for allowing the votes of residents of the school district to be diluted by the use of an unconstitutional plan," said McDonald.
Charleston police officers soon could be wearing body cameras to record all of their interactions with citizens, a practice that causes the ACLU some privacy concerns.
Victoria Middleton, executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina, said "a body-mounted camera can protect both a citizen's rights and an officer's rights if it's used appropriately. Before the city begins using the cameras, it needs to have solid policies and procedures in place."
There will be a public hearing on the matter at the July 15 Charleston City Council meeting.
Despite bipartisan support and a diverse and active grassroots movement demanding action, Speaker Boehner and House Republican leadership have refused to permit a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. Every day families are being torn apart because leaders in Washington refuse to take action.
Congress will shift its attention to the mid-term elections this fall. This is likely the last chance to get comprehensive immigration reform this year.