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Court Sides with Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

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March 19, 2017

Maricopa County, Arizona – A Superior Court judge has rejected the remaining challenges against the work of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.  Plaintiffs had challenged the commission’s process and accused the commission of violating state open meeting laws.  The Supreme Court ruled in the commission’s favor in June of 2015.  There is no word yet… Read More ›

Texas Attorney General’s Statement on Redistricting Court Ruling

Texas – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released this statement on Monday regarding a federal district court panel’s 2-1 ruling that finds several congressional districts drawn by the Texas legislature to be unconstitutional.  Click here for more analysis of the case: “We respectfully disagree with the redistricting panel’s majority decision.  As Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry… Read More ›

What’s Next in Texas Redistricting

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 Congressional Districts Invalidated by Federal Court: News Coverage

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 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… Read More ›

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… Read More ›

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… Read More ›

Briefs on Timing of a Remedy Filed in Wisconsin Partisan Gerrymandering Case

Wisconsin – A federal district court last November found Wisconsin’s 2011 Republican-drawn state assembly map to be an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.  That almost never happens.

Texas Three-Judge Court Cites “Voluminous” Record as Reason Why it Will Take Its Sweet Time on Texas Redistricting

San Antonio, Texas – Its the biggest, most watched redistricting litigation of the decade; but the Texas redistricting case(s) began in 2011 and no ruling has been forthcoming by the federal district court panel tasked to resolve it.  Plaintiff’s recently filed a request for the court to make a final decision and the court responded… Read More ›

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