Maryland Judge Orders Legislative Leaders to Testify in Partisan Gerrymandering Case

Maryland – Nearly four years after Bethesda, Md. resident Stephen M. Shapiro and other Maryland voters filed a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit against Maryland’s congressional district map, a judge has ordered the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and the President of the Maryland Senate to testify in the case and turn over documents, rejecting […]

Federal District Court in Alabama Strikes Down 12 State Legislative Districts on Remand

Alabama – A U.S. District Court panel invalidated a substantial portion of the Alabama state legislative district map after considering the racial gerrymandering challenge on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court.   

The Efficiency Gap Visualized Through the Decades

The hottest thing in redistricting – if there is such a thing – is undoubtedly the emergence of “Efficiency Gap” analysis, and whether this measurement of how gerrymandered a map is, will receive the imprimatur of the U.S. Supreme Court.  While we wait, The Campaign Legal Center has released this report looking back through the decades […]

Video: Sen. Jeff Sessions on Voting Rights

Washington. DC: Here is the exchange between Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) and Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions on voting, voter fraud, and the Voting Rights Act.  

Supreme Court Orders Stay in North Carolina Redistricting Case

Washington DC – The full text of the order is below:   TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017 ORDER IN PENDING CASE 16A646 NORTH CAROLINA, ET AL. V. SANDRA LITTLE COVINGTON, ET AL. The application for stay of the order of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, case No. 1:15-CV-399, entered […]

Texas Federal Court Imposes Preclearance on City of Pasadena

Pasadena, Texas – The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in this ruling invalidated the city’s move from an eight-member district redistricting map to a mixed map of six single member districts and two at-large seats for electing its city council.  The court’s finding of minority vote dilution (of Hispanic voters) under […]

Meet The Democrat’s Secret Redistricting Weapon in 2020

Watch MSNBC interview Kelly Ward, former executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about her new role as the Democrat party’s answer to the wildly successful national Republican redistricting strategy.   Ward is interim executive director of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, – a project of President Obama and former Attorney General, Eric Holder – […]

Packing Minorities Into Districts. When Is That Ever Okay?

Washington DC – The Supreme Court will tackle that question today as it hears oral arguments in two redistricting cases.  Both cases are alleged racial gerrymander claims; one orginating from Virginia’s state legislative map and the other from North Carolina’s congressional district map. 

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 […]

Court Rules 28 of 170 N.C. Legislative Districts are Racial Gerrymanders

North Carolina – Last Thursday, a three-judge U.S. District Court panel ruled that 28 of the Republican-drawn districts for the N.C. legislature were indeed unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. The Republican practice of making “safe” minority districts even “safer” to comply with the Voting Rights Act was completely disavowed by the court.  In short, the Voting Rights Act […]