By Tom Bullock
North Carolina voters are likely to be confused when they arrive at their polling places on March 15. In addition to presidential candidates, voters will see congressional primary candidates on the ballot.
But thanks to a federal court decision, the districts those candidates represent no longer exist and any votes in those races won’t count.
Thanks to three judges, two animal shapes…
By Michael Gordon
The Charlotte Observer
A showdown over North Carolina’s disputed congressional district lines draws closer on Tuesday, a day after hundreds of state residents shared their opinions on a political dispute that has burned for decades.
On Friday, Republican leaders of the state legislature must submit a new election map after a three-judge federal panel ruled that two congressional districts,…
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly may have to approve a new map refitting North Carolina’s congressional districts by the end of the week. So lawmakers are taking public comments following a recent federal court ruling striking down some of the boundaries.
A special redistricting committee scheduled seven public hearings Monday, stretching from Asheville to Wilmington.
By Jenna Portnoy
The Washington Post
RICHMOND — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from Republican members of Congress to put on hold an election map that gives Democrats a chance to pick up a seat in this year’s election.
The ruling is the latest in a series of decisions triggered last year by a panel of federal judges who said Virginia’s map illegally packed African American voters into…
By Victoria Bassetti
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
For the last decade, it’s been all about disenfranchisement via voter ID and other vote suppression tools. But after last year’s Supreme Court revisit of the “one-person, one-vote” principle, disrepresentation is trending.
In the lead up to the Supreme Court arguments in Evenwel v. Abbott most commentators…
By Steve Singiser
Last week, we discussed one of the true perils of gerrymandered legislative bodies—the relative paucity of competitive districts where either party enjoys a legitimate chance of victory. Among the most egregious examples: the fact that just eight percentof the state legislative seats in North Carolina are marginal seats, despite the fact that the state was very competitive on…
By Dave Ress
A nearly quarter-century-old linking of Hampton Roads and Richmond on Capitol Hill came to an end Thursday as a federal appeals court judge ordered new lines for congressional districts in Hampton Roads, Richmond and western Tidewater.
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Albert Diaz’s order brings all of Newport News into one district.
The new lines are to be in place in time…
By Vic Vela
Colorado Public Radio
A proposed ballot measure that would change the way Colorado’s political maps are drawn is being criticized by some minority groups and lawmakers.
Currently, the state Legislature determines Colorado’s congressional districts after each census. The ballot measure would shift that responsibility to a 12-member independent commission made up of four Democrats,…
By Shawn Johnson
Wisconsin Public Radio
A federal three-judge panel has ruled that a gerrymandering lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s political map can now proceed.
The state Department of Justice had asked judges to dismiss the case, but in a 24-page order, judges rejected that motion, writing that the DOJ’s arguments were “unpersuasive or premature.”
The lawsuit was brought by a group…
By Dave Ress
The redistricting process is easy, the lawyer leading one of three legal challenges to Virginia’s gerrymandered election districts says — unless your primary objective is to protect incumbents.
Wyatt Durrette,a Republican stalwart who was the party’s nominee for governor in 1985, told a group of five dozen Peninsula business and civic leaders that he had a chance to see…