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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

Associated Press
 
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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September 15, 2015

Bradenton Herald: Florida Senate Gives Court Two Redistricting Maps: Galvano Compromise And Original; House Submits One

By Mary Ellen Klas
Bradenton Herald
 
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…

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September 14, 2015

The Washington Post: A Third Redistricting Lawsuit Targets Va. Elections Map

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…

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September 3, 2015

WAMU: So Virginia Missed Its Redistricting Deadline. What’s Next?

By Michael Pope
WAMU
 
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…

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September 2, 2015

The Pew Charitable Trusts: Court Cases Leave States Stuck In Redistricting Limbo

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…

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August 31, 2015

The Charlotte Observer: NC Supreme Court Reconsiders 2011 Redistricting

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…

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August 31, 2015

WNCN: NC Supreme Court Takes Another Look At 2011 Redistricting

 Associated Press 
 
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…

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