By David Greising
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…
By The Associated Press
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…
By Lilly Page
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…
By John C Moritz
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…
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…
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…
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…
By David A. Lieb
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…
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,…
By Bill Leonard
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…