In addition to other practice areas, Parks, Chesin & Walbert is uniquely suited to provide comprehensive representation of both interested citizens and state and local governments in the reapportionment process and in the litigation which normally follows a decennial census. We have represented clients across the political spectrum. David Walbert and A. Lee Parks are well-known pioneers in the area of voting rights and have significant legal successes to their credit. Both have participated in landmark voting rights cases, including the leading case on racial gerrymandering, Miller v. Johnson.
Elected officials constantly face important decisions affecting citizens’ voting rights for years into the future. The United States Constitution commands governments to equalize the population in each voting district that elects a member of a legislative body. This principle is often referred to as “one man, one vote.”
Technology has revolutionized the reapportionment process. The latest programs can actually predict, with uncanny accuracy, the future political performance of various proposed new districts. The ease with which district lines and voting precinct lines can be manipulated is misleading. Our experience in voting rights has grown with the available technology so that our ability to handle even the most legally and technically complicated voting matter is unparalleled. In this area of the law, it pays to get it right the first time
The Voting Rights Act remains a significant burden for state and local governments who remain subject to strict government oversight (Section 5 of the Act). Numerous election laws, whether they involve the design of precints, voting ballots, voter identification requirements, and other related matters demand that no person should be denied the right to full access based on their partsianship, race or economic status.
In our most recent court victory, we defeated a challenge to at large voting in North Carolina. See a summary of the case here.