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 ›
Georgia – Traditionally reserved for the beginning of the decade, redistricting is on the table again in Georgia as a proposal for new House districts has cleared that chamber and is being considered in the Georgia senate. As a practical matter, redistricting usually only happens once in a decade. Although, in most states there is no… Read More ›
Virginia – NPR interviews the executive director of One Virginia 2021, a nonpartisan organization that’s challenging the constitutionality of 11 state legislative district boundaries.
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 – 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 ›
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 – 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 ›
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 ›
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… Read More ›