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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chief Justice Roberts Requests Response in NC Racial Gerrymandering Case

North Carolina – A three-judge federal appeals court panel ruled that 28 state legislative districts in North Carolina’s 2010 redistricting map were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders that diluted the votes of black and Hispanic voters.  The state has appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the lower federal court has already given an order to the North […]

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 – […]

Cumulative Voting for School Board Ordered By Federal Court in Missouri

Missouri – Late last month a federal district court ended a two year challenge to the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s use of at-large elections for its seven member school board.  The court ruled in August, that at-large elections for board members did violate section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.  The court’s order requires the school district to […]

Sacramento Ponders Independent Redistricting Commission after 2011 Drama

Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento City Council does not want a repeat of the tumultuous 2011 redistricting process.  Last week, the council passed a local law that if approved by residents, would establish the Independent Redistricting Act. Read more in the Sacramento News and Review.

Fourth Circuit: N.C. Voter ID Law Targets Blacks with “Surgical Precision”

North Carolina – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has overturned the lower court ruling that had upheld North Carolina’s comprehensive voter identification requirements.  The panel commented that this law targeted African-American voters with “surgical precision.” http://www.nbcnews.com/widget/video-embed/735007299516 Read the court opinion here. Read more in the Washington Post. Read more in the […]

U.S. Census Bureau Extends Comment on Residence Rules

Washington DC – The Census Bureau is extending the comment period on the Proposed 2020 Census Residence Criteria and Residence Situations, which was published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2016. The comment period for the proposed criteria, which would have ended on August 1, 2016, is now extended until September 1, 2016. The full text of […]