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December 8, 2015

Roll Call: High Court Ensures Quick Legal Path in Redistricting Challenges

By Todd Ruger
Roll Call
 
Lawsuits that challenge congressional redistricting plans must be allowed to follow a streamlined legal path that more quickly reaches the Supreme Court, the justices ruled Tuesday.
The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision found that a 1910 law, updated in 1976, requires such lawsuits to be heard by a three-judge panel of district court judges. The ruling reversed the U.S. Court of…

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November 24, 2015

Bloomberg BNA: Supreme Court Digs Into Redistricting

By Kimberly Robinson
Bloomberg BNA
 
Nov. 23 — The U.S. Supreme Court’s docket is crowded with voter redistricting disputes this term.
The high court already heard a procedural redistricting dispute, Shapiro v. McManus, U.S., No. 14-990, argued, 11/4/15 (84 U.S.L.W. 615, 11/10/15), and the justices recently agreed to take a look at a racial gerrymandering challenge to Virginia’s latest voter map…

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November 5, 2015

Bloomberg Business: Fighting For Fair Maps: This Trial Could Change Voting Districts

By Karen Weise
Bloomberg Business 
 
 
After the 2010 census, the Wisconsin Legislature’s Republican leadership asked an outside attorney to advise it on redrawing district maps. The lawyer, hired at taxpayers’ expense, did his work in a private map room, which Republicans could enter only if they signed a confidentiality agreement. That offer didn’t extend to Democrats, who first saw the proposed…

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October 8, 2015

Huffington Post: This Supreme Court Case Could Upend The Way Democracy Works

By Samantha Lachman
Huffington Post
 
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court this term could change how states meet the basic democratic goal of “one person, one vote.” Ironically, a victory for the conservative plaintiffs who brought the case may turn on a national survey that Republicans have tried to eliminate.
In the Supreme Court case of Evenwel v. Abbott, the plaintiffs argue that the…

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October 5, 2015

Washington Post: A Reason To Vote In State And Local Elections

Washington Post
 
 
The Sept. 30 editorial “The noncompete state” seemed to justify why Virginia voters disengage even while it decried Republican efforts to block redistricting reform and argued that Virginia’s legislature is turning into a Politburo.
 
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October 2, 2015

The Virginian Pilot: New Maps For Voting Districts Are On The Way

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The Virginia Pilot
 
If you’re reading this, there’s a decent chance that next November you’ll vote in a congressional district different from the one you’re in now.
That’s because Virginia lawmakers drew boundaries for the 3rd congressional district in a way that was so absurd and so blatantly unconstitutional that federal judges struck it down and ordered it…

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October 1, 2015

The Times of Northwest Indiana: Indiana’s Redistricting Process Under The Microscope

By Dan Carden
The Times of Northwest Indiana
 
INDIANAPOLIS | Could the route toward increasing the competitiveness of Indiana elections and boosting voter participation turn on reforming how legislative district boundaries are drawn?
A special 12-member study committee convened Thursday at the Statehouse to begin a two-year investigation into Indiana’s redistricting process.
Currently, the General…

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September 30, 2015

WHBL: Three-Judge Panel Appointed To Hear Redistricting Lawsuit

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A three-judge panel has been appointed to hear a second federal lawsuit against the Wisconsin legislative redistricting map drawn by majority Republicans in 2011.
Democrats filed the lawsuit in July, saying districts have so many voters of one party that it raises constitutional questions of equal protection.
 
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September 29, 2015

Washington Post: In Virginia’s Sham Democracy, Voters Are Robbed At The Ballot Box

The Washington Post
 
In Virginia, the incumbent protection racket known as redistricting has ensured that another all-but-meaningless season of state legislative elections has arrived, and with it the predictable response — namely, apathy and wan turnout. That’s fine by the lawmakers who drew the commonwealth’s electoral map, and who evidently prefer that voters ratify the status quo than enjoy a genuine…

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September 24, 2015

Associated Press: Court Appoints Special Expert For Redistricting

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal court has appointed a special expert to assist it in redrawing Virginia’s congressional boundaries.
Judge Albert Diaz of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a court filing Wednesday that a judicial panel has selected Dr. Bernard Grofman, an economics and political science professor at the University of California, Irvine.
 
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