Chris Hughes

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Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes focuses on ranked choice voting at the local and state levels, with an eye towards national implementation. He has studied and worked on voting rights, electoral reform, and civil rights, working for structural reforms to electoral systems and litigation to enforce voting and other civil rights. 

Chris graduated with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Miami in May 2012 and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2015. He interned at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the ACLU Voting Rights Project while in law school. Chris also served as an Executive Articles Editor on NYU's Annual Survey of American Law and represented two refugee clients through the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) while in law school.

Chris is admitted to practice in New York.

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Posts by Chris Hughes

FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Posted on August 24, 2016

FairVote staff were recently published in the Voting Rights Act 50 year anniversary issue of the Cumberland Law Review. Following up on our prior piece in the University of Richmond Law Review, our article makes the case that lessons from vote dilution cases brought under the VRA show us the way out of the congressional gerrymandering crisis, and a way to pull courts out of the "political thicket" of adjudicating partisan gerrymandering claims. Read our article here: Escaping the Thicket: The Ranked Choice Voting Solution to America’s Redistricting Crisis.

Upcoming Supreme Court Case to Tackle Virginia Race-Based Redistricting Criteria

Posted on August 17, 2016

Earlier this summer the Supreme Court agreed to review Bethune Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, a case challenging the use of race in the 2011 redistricting of Virginia’s 100-seat House of Delegates. Virginia claimed to be trying to comply with the Voting Rights Act, by insisting that certain districts had to have at least 55% black voting age population. However, as redistricting experts like Justin Levitt have pointed out, this approach is a bad caricature of what the Voting Rights Act requires

Supreme Court Takes Up Two Gerrymandering Cases for October Term

Posted on June 28, 2016

The Supreme Court yesterday took up a case challenging North Carolina lawmakers' use of race while redrawing the state's congressional districts in 2011. The case, McCrory v. Harris, is an appeal by the state challenging a lower court finding that two districts were illegally packed with black voters. It joins another racial redistricting case already on the court's docket out of Virginia.

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