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 ›
Harrisburg, Pa – Late in 2016, PBS’s American Law Journal gives an in-depth treatment of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. Hosts interview lawmakers, review the technology behind redistricting and covers reform efforts.
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 ›
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 ›