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…
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.
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…
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.
Bradenton Herald: Florida Senate Gives Court Two Redistricting Maps: Galvano Compromise And Original; House Submits One
By Mary Ellen Klas
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate took a gamble Monday and submitted one congressional redistricting map that has never been voted on, and another that was rejected by Florida the House, as part of its official submission as ordered by the court.
The Florida House took a more conventional approach and submitted the map that was approved 60-38 by the House before lawmakers…
By Jenny Portnoy
The Washington Post
RICHMOND — A group of Virginia residents sued state elections officials Monday over 11 legislative districts — including some in Northern Virginia — charging that they violated the state Constitution by enforcing election maps that too easily protect incumbents.
The plaintiffs argue that during the last round of redistricting, in 2011, the General Assembly drew the…
By Michael Pope
The court-imposed Sept. 1 deadline for fixing Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District has now come and gone with little fanfare. And no action.
So what’s next?
Opinions are divided, and the federal judges aren’t saying. At least not yet. That means a number of potential scenarios could be on the horizon. The three-judge panel — which ruled that the General Assembly…
By Rebecca Beitsch
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The drawing of legislative districts is supposed to be a once-a-decade process, completed shortly after the U.S. Census Bureau provides updated population numbers. But in some states, the map-drawing based on the 2010 count—the most litigious in recent memory—is still dragging on.
Courts will likely draw maps for Florida and Virginia after legislators in those…
By Anne Blythe
The Charlotte Observer
North Carolina Supreme Court justices heard new arguments Monday on a four-year-old case challenging the maps that set out legislative and congressional districts for this decade.
At issue is whether race played a key role in how the Republican-led legislature drew maps that challengers contend reflect a widely criticized redistricting system in which lawmakers choose…
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has brought foes over how North Carolina congressional and General Assembly boundaries were drawn back to North Carolina’s highest court.
The state’s justices heard arguments Monday in redistricting lawsuits filed nearly four years ago by Democratic voters and civil rights and election advocacy groups. There’s no timetable for a…