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March 6, 2020

Chicago Business: In Illinois, it’s easy to forget what a fair election looks like

By David Greising

Chicago Business

The hurly-burly around Super Tuesday produced an election event unlike anything we have seen. From Joe Biden’s huge margin in the South Carolina primary to the moment Michael Bloomberg bailed out, the days were filled with momentous, surprising twists.

Labor unions and office workers, old and young, progressive and conservative: They all had their say. Candidates…

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March 6, 2020

Eagle Times: Vermont, other states to use redistricting reforms after 2020 census

By The Associated Press

Eagle Times

When U.S. census results are tallied each decade, it traditionally has been the task of state lawmakers and governors to redraw voting districts for seats in the U.S. House and state legislatures. But a growing number of states have shifted that job to special commissions or made other changes that are intended to reduce the potential for partisan gerrymandering. The goal…

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February 27, 2020

VT Digger: ‘A gerrymandered student ward’: How Burlington’s Ward 8 got its shape

By Lilly Page

VT Digger

BURLINGTON — Five years after the city redrew its voting districts, a city councilor who helped make that decision said she’s left with regret.

“It felt gross to be a part of it,” said Rachel Siegel, who was a city councilor for Ward 3 at the time. “It was one of the worst experiences of my life, but also the most educational.”

Siegel was a part of the Burlington…

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February 27, 2020

Caller Times: How Texas became ‘ground zero’ for gerrymandering, voter suppression

By John C Moritz

Caller Times

AUSTIN — Long before Texas enacted the law requiring voters to show an approved photo ID before casting their ballots, and long before the most recent attempt to…

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February 24, 2020

Center for American Progress: How Partisan Gerrymandering Limits Access to Health Care

By Alex Tausanovitch and Emily Gee

Center for American Progress

More than a dozen states are denying their own residents expanded access to Medicaid, despite the fact that the federal government would pay for nearly the entire cost under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Medicaid plays a critical role in Americans’ access to health care, paying for half of all births in the United States,1 providing resources…

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February 13, 2020

Brennan Center for Justice: The Attack on Michigan’s Independent Redistricting Commission

By Michael Li and Kelly Percival

Brennan Center for Justice

In 2018, Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to create an independent commission to draw the state’s congressional and legislative maps. The measure passed convincingly, winning 61 percent of the statewide vote and…

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January 22, 2020

News & Observer: NC lawmakers ordered to pay $100,000 after gerrymandering court loss

By Will Doran

News & Observer

Taxpayers are on the hook for an extra $100,000 related to one of the gerrymandering cases the legislature lost last year, a panel of judges ruled Wednesday.

The N.C. Democratic Party and the anti-gerrymandering group Common Cause NC sued Republican lawmakers over the maps used to elect members of the state legislature. Now, their lawyers at the Washington, D.C., law firm…

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January 14, 2020

AP News: Republicans seek to undo new Missouri redistricting model

By David A. Lieb

Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican senators rolled out a plan Tuesday to ask Missouri voters to undo key parts of a nationally unique redistricting model that directs a demographer to draw new legislative districts with “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness” as top criteria.

The Republican proposal would abolish the demographer position and relegate…

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January 8, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Republicans ‘got greedy’ in drawing Pennsylvania congressional maps, new documents say

By Claudia Vargas

The Philadelphia Inquirer

A trove of documents recently released by the daughter of a deceased GOP strategist includes some clues about what Republicans were thinking almost a decade ago when they redrew Pennsylvania’s congressional maps in a way that was later ruled unconstitutional.

The documents, compiled at least partly amid the decennial redistricting that took place in 2011,…

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January 5, 2020

USA Today: Census will mean new ways for politicians to keep power despite earning fewer votes

By Bill Leonard

USA Today

This is a year of extreme importance, not just because of the national elections but because of the unique power laid in the laps of our nation’s legislators.

It’s the year of the nation’s once-a-decade census, when we gather the data to guide the outlining of congressional and legislative districts and elect the legislators who next year will draw the maps reflecting…

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