Redistricting

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Watch: PBS Covers Pennsylvania Gerrymandering and Reform In-Depth

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.

Watch: A Short History of Congressional Redistricting in North Carolina

North Carolina – From the Charlotte Observer Politics & Government section: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article134756399.html/video-embed

Listen: NPR Spotlights Redistricting Reform in Virginia

Virginia – NPR interviews the  executive director of One Virginia 2021, a nonpartisan organization that’s challenging the constitutionality of 11 state legislative district boundaries.      

NPR and Scotusblog Recap Oral Arguments in Racial Gerrymandering Case

Wash. DC – NPR’s Nina Totenberg recaps Supreme Court oral arguments in , Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections and McCrory v. Harris;  the racial gerrymandering claims arising from the Virginia state legislative and the North Carolina congressional map, which were heard on Monday.  Click below for audio. Read Scotusblog’s analysis here.    

NPR Talks with Law Profs About Racial Gerrymandering in the Supreme Court

Wash. DC – NPR’s Nina Totenberg discusses the North Carolina racial gerrymandering claim to be heard today before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Totenberg chats with Stanford law professor Nathaniel Persily and Richard Hasen of University of California Irvine about the two congressional districts in dispute and how the court has dealt with similar claims in… Read More ›

Packing Minorities Into Districts. When Is That Ever Okay?

Washington DC – The Supreme Court will tackle that question today as it hears oral arguments in two redistricting cases.  Both cases are alleged racial gerrymander claims; one orginating from Virginia’s state legislative map and the other from North Carolina’s congressional district map. 

Court Rules 28 of 170 N.C. Legislative Districts are Racial Gerrymanders

North Carolina – Last Thursday, a three-judge U.S. District Court panel ruled that 28 of the Republican-drawn districts for the N.C. legislature were indeed unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. The Republican practice of making “safe” minority districts even “safer” to comply with the Voting Rights Act was completely disavowed by the court.  In short, the Voting Rights Act… Read More ›

Gerrymandering Explained by MTV

How does MTV explain gerrymandering to its core audience? With Oreo cookies of course.  Other snacks are used to portray how students in a class my divided based on their common snack interests.  The analogy leaves out crucial one-person one-vote issues, but provides a quick visual into the electoral map-drawing process.  Despite the shaky electoral analogies,… Read More ›

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