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Redistrictingonline Monthly Redistricting Update (March 2017)

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 ›

Texas Attorney General’s Statement on Redistricting Court Ruling

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 ›

What’s Next in Texas Redistricting

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 Congressional Districts Invalidated by Federal Court: News Coverage

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 ›

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 ›

Unpacking the Texas Voter ID Decision

Philadelphia, Pa. –  Lyle Denniston of The Nation Constitution Center in Philadelphia writes this thorough review of the Circuit Court’s decision in Veasey et al. v. Abbott, which significantly modifies implementation of Texas’ voter ID law.  It was a 203 page opinion, Denniston details the reasoning of the plurality, concurrences and the dissent. Read more… Read More ›

Meet the Man Behind the Texas Voter ID Lawsuit

Texas – U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey was a state legislator in Texas when that body passed a comprehensive Voter Identification law.  He had misgivings after witnessing the legislative debate and eventually sued.  North Texas public radio’s Rick Holter sat down with Veasey, who represents Texas’ 33rd congressional district, to discuss what brought him to sue and whether… Read More ›

Texas Appeals Court Rejects Voter ID Law. Sort of

Texas – This Wednesday the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a major blow to the 2011 Texas Voter ID law which has been in effect now since 2013.  The main legal challenge against this law, which specifies 7 types of photo identification that must be used to register and vote – has been… Read More ›

Evenwel SCOTUS Decision News and Analysis Round Up

The first round of media, academia and policy wonks have weighed in on the somewhat surprising unanimous decision by the Supreme Court this week in the much anticipated equal population case Evenwel v. Abbott.  Here is the News Analysis Round-up:       How A Challenge to Legislative Redistricting Backfired.  The Atlantic CVAP (Citizens of… Read More ›

Weekly Redistricting Update

Florida: State Legislature Cries “Uncle,” Gives Up On a Legislative District Map Last week the Florida Legislature ended its second special redistricting session without a map for state senate districts. Senate leaders are throwing the issue back to the court, and have proposed that the court have a special master draw the map. This “proposal”… Read More ›

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