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Federal District Court Finds Partisan Gerrymander in Wisconsin Assembly Map

Wisconsin –  A three-judge federal district court in Wisconsin has invalidated the Republican-drawn state assembly district map enacted in August 2011 as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.  If the ruling stands – and that’s a very big “IF,” this case will be the first successful approach to creating a workable standard for courts to use in determining whether […]

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Efficiency Gap Analysis Gets This Early Critique from Princeton Professor

Princeton biophysics professor San Wang has an early critique of Efficiency Gap analysis (EG) – a method for measuring partisan gerrymandering that received unexpected support from a federal district court panel in Western Wisconsin this past week. 

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Discussion on Wisconsin Partisan Gerrymandering Decision on Bloomberg

Listen to Stanford Law Professor Nathan Persily and Ruth Greenwood, deputy director of Redistricting at the Campaign Legal Center, discuss a Wisconsin federal panel’s approval of a long-sought after measure for partisan gerrymandering. Press to Listen

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Navajo Lawsuit Against Off-Reservation Polling Places Survives Motion to Dismiss

Utah – Residents of a Navajo reservation have filed suit against San Juan county election officials after polling places were closed in and around the reservation.  While county voters may mail-in their ballots, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that there is no “in-person” voting available on the reservation, and this interferes with the reservation […]

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City in Orange County California Skips Court and Abolishes At-Large Voting

San Juan Capistrano, CA – This town of around 35,000 in Orange County, California boasts a burgeoning Latino population of nearly 40%. City council members have been historically elected at-large by city voters, but a recent lawsuit field by a Latino voting rights group sparked debate and in the end, city officials agreed to elect council members […]

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Augusta City Election Officials Perplexed at Running Elections Without DOJ Supervision

In this local news story, election officials in Augusta City, GA remain befuddled about how to proceed with elections without having to report to the Justice Dept. on their every move. Apparently, the preclearance process has become such an institution in the city, official are at a loss on how to proceed.

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Discussion on Wisconsin Partisan Gerrymandering Decision on Bloomberg

Listen to Stanford Law Professor Nathan Persily and Ruth Greenwood, deputy director of Redistricting at the Campaign Legal Center, discuss a Wisconsin federal panel's approval of a long-sought after … [Read More...]

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Senators cited for contempt in redistricting case

Lawmakers are challenging a judge's order to turn over documents, claiming legislative privilege. Source: Senators cited for contempt in redistricting case … [Read More...]

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(Video) Court to Decide Illinois Redistricting Reform Fate Soon

Illinois - Redistricting reform in Illinois will soon get a decision from a court on whether a proposed 11 member redistricting commission can be submitted to voters as a ballot initiative for an up … [Read More...]

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Texas Appeals Court Rejects Voter ID Law. Sort of

Texas - This Wednesday the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a major blow to the 2011 Texas Voter ID law which has been in effect now since 2013.  The main legal challenge against this law, … [Read More...]

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Understanding Prison Gerrymandering and Its Cure: Prisoner Reallocation

Long overlooked in the context of redistricting, prisoners are counted by the U.S. Census Bureau as residents of the institutions they are incarcerated in. The goal of redistricting electoral … [Read More...]