Michigan – The Voters Not Politicians Ballot Committee is looking to end partisan gerrymandering in the state for good. The group, including Wayne State University political science professor Kevin Deegan-Krause, will be heading up a good government initiative to end gerrymandering using (1) a ballot initiative; (2) legislation introduced in the state legislature; (3) a lawsuit claiming… Read More ›
Politics Roll Call interviews National Democratic Redistricting Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward about its strategy going into 2020: Watch: Inside the Democrat Party’s National Redistricting Strategy In-Depth Late in 2016, PBS’s American Law Journal gave an in-depth treatment of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. Hosts interview lawmakers, review the technology behind redistricting and cover reform efforts: Watch: PBS Covers Pennsylvania… Read More ›
On March 10th a federal district court panel in San Antonio Texas ruled that the State legislature’s 2011 congressional redistricting map was drawn in manner that violated the U.S. constitution. The court found several districts in the map were the product of intentional racial discrimination and minority vote dilution. While the ruling was a surprise,… Read More ›
Texas – Six years in the making, the federal district court panel released its opinion late last week in the long arduous litigation we call Texas Redistricting. This 2-1 decision is only the beginning since it is in regard to the state legislature’s 2011 map, which has since been replaced. The court has yet to… Read More ›
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… Read More ›
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 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… Read More ›
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.
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… Read More ›
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… Read More ›