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.

(Video) Court to Decide Illinois Redistricting Reform Fate Soon

Illinois – Redistricting reform in Illinois will soon get a decision from a court on whether a proposed 11 member redistricting commission can be submitted to voters as a ballot initiative for an up or down vote.  Listen to this local ABC news station interview a representative from the reform group behind the ballot measure on […]

Colorado Redistricting Reform Fails

Colorado – The State’s Supreme Court has thrown out two constitutional ballot measures that would have changed how Colorado draws its congressional and state legislative maps. A 4-3 decision ruled that the measures were in violation of the state constitution’s “single-subject” rule. The measures would have established a 12- member nonpartisan commission to redraw congressional and state […]

Book Review: Daley’s “Rat**cked” Tackles Redistricting Through the Decades

New York – Pulitzer prize-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert and staff writer for the New Yorker, reviews this book: “Ratf**ked,” detailing the Republican party’s Redistricting Majority Project or “REDMAP.” This was a strategic effort beginning decades ago to realign the electoral map in favor the party.  Written by David Daley, editor of Salon.com – the book describes […]

Prison Gerrymandering Decision Halted in Rhode Island

Cranston, Rhode Island – A federal appeals court has temporarily halted a lower court decision and order to redraw the city’s legislative boundaries pending an appellate hearing. A U.S. District Court had found that the Cranston city ward map violated the equal population mandate required under the U.S. Constitution by including the local (nonvoting) prison […]

Several Ohio Election Administration Practices Invalidated by Courts

Ohio – A federal judge blocked several restrictions on the casting and counting of absentee ballots instituted by the Republican Secretary of State.  This is the second defeat to GOP-backed voting restrictions in the state in the last two weeks. GOP voting procedures have been rebuffed on constitutional grounds by both Democrat and Republican judges.  Officials still […]

Redistricting Reform in Illinois Invites Lawsuit

Illinois: A battle over a referendum to install an independent redistricting commission has ensued in Illinois.  Reformers are running up against staunch opposition to a plan to that would create a bi-partisan redistricting commission. Read more.

Arizona County Announces Reform Commission After Primary Election Disaster

Arizona – After a fiasco of a primary election, Maricopa County, Arizona will establish a new election reform commission to provide “oversight” over election officials.  Maricopa’s election “disaster” included long waiting lines to vote after a nearly 70% decrease in polling places, errors on the ballots, and flawed registration procedures.  The Phoenix New Times reports the […]

PODCAST: Georgetown Public Policy Review Talks Voting Rights in 2016

From the Georgetown of Politics and Public Service, IPPS fellow Buffy Wicks, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Ari Berman, reporter for The Nation join Georgetown Public Policy Review executive media editor Matt Emeterio to discuss the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, recent changes restricting access to the ballot, and what will happen […]

Redistricting from an Engineering Point of View

This Daily Kos article  shows just how easy redistricting can be by using simple geometry. No algorithm yet can tackle the various state and federal statutory requirements. Oh, and then there’s the constitution.