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Montana Redistricting Commission Deadlocks Over Maps
In The States
Montana Redistricting Commission Deadlocks Over Maps
2021-10-22 20:11:12
by Dan McCue

They only had to divide the state into two congressional districts, but in the end, members of the state’s bipartisan Districting and Apportionment Commission simply couldn’t agree on which of two proposed maps was better so they advanced two. They’ll... Read More

Poll Shows Youngkin Gaining in Virginia Governor’s Race, Redistricting Delays
In The States
Poll Shows Youngkin Gaining in Virginia Governor’s Race, Redistricting Delays
2021-10-20 23:18:55
by Dan McCue

With just two critical weeks to go before Election Day, Republican Glenn Youngkin has pulled into a statistical dead heat with Democrat Terry McAuliffe. A widening partisan gap in voter engagement and an apparent shift in issue priorities are bolstering... Read More

Two Montanas? New Maps Highlight State's Split Personality
Redistricting
Two Montanas? New Maps Highlight State's Split Personality

CASCADE, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 30 years, the Census has awarded Montana a second seat in Congress. On paper, that leaves the state's redistricting commission with the easiest task of all its counterparts across the country:... Read More

Texas Lawmakers Pass New Congressional Maps Bolstering GOP
Redistricting
Texas Lawmakers Pass New Congressional Maps Bolstering GOP

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation's largest red state. The maps were approved... Read More

Oregon Leads the Pack in Enacting Congressional Maps Based on 2020 Census
In The States
Oregon Leads the Pack in Enacting Congressional Maps Based on 2020 Census
2021-10-07 20:26:44
by Dan McCue

SALEM, Ore. - Some states vie to be the first in the nation to vote come primary election season, others grab electoral glory in different ways. This year, Oregon has the honor of being the first state to enact congressional... Read More

Texas Republicans Redistricting Proposal Centers on Incumbency Protection
Redistricting
Texas Republicans Redistricting Proposal Centers on Incumbency Protection
2021-09-28 18:22:09
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- Republican lawmakers in Texas’ state Senate released their proposal for congressional redistricting on Monday. Texas acquired two new Congressional seats after the 2020 census data was published, bringing its total to 38 seats and 40 electoral votes... Read More

In Redistricting, Big Say for Big Cities in DC Power Balance
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In Redistricting, Big Say for Big Cities in DC Power Balance

NEW YORK (AP) — As political muscle goes, bigger doesn't always mean better. Just ask New York, Los Angeles and Chicago every four years, when those cities become mostly irrelevant blips on the Electoral College map. But as congressional redistricting... Read More

In Ohio, Redistricting is Becoming a Much Litigated Event
In The States
In Ohio, Redistricting is Becoming a Much Litigated Event
2021-09-26 13:31:33
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The lawsuits keep coming over the ongoing redistricting effort in Ohio, where critics, in multiple court filings, claim Republicans are openly disregarding the rules established by public referendum six years ago. The latest lawsuit over the newly... Read More

Oregon Legislature Called into Special Session for Redistricting
In The States
Oregon Legislature Called into Special Session for Redistricting
2021-09-10 21:04:32
by Dan McCue

SALEM, Ore. - Gov. Kate Brown is calling the Oregon legislature into special session to adopt new congressional and legislative district maps. In April, citing the delay in the release of crucial census data, the Oregon Supreme Court handed down... Read More

Texas Gov. Calls 3rd Special Session, This One to Address Redistricting
In The States
Texas Gov. Calls 3rd Special Session, This One to Address Redistricting
2021-09-09 14:47:21
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas -- It has been an unexpectedly busy summer for the Texas legislature, and now Gov. Greg Abbott is calling lawmakers back for its third special session in two months to begin the bound-to-be-controversial task of redrawing legislative and... Read More

Democrats Set to OK New Legislative Maps Over Criticism
In The States
Democrats Set to OK New Legislative Maps Over Criticism

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats on Tuesday are expected to approve new legislative boundaries over objections from Republicans and some community groups that the process was unnecessarily rushed and maps drawn behind closed doors to keep Democrats in power.  Tuesday's... Read More

After Census, Citizens Panels Seek Sway in Redistricting
In The States
After Census, Citizens Panels Seek Sway in Redistricting

The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission held numerous public hearings. It produced a report prioritizing redistricting criteria. Soon, the bipartisan panel will cap its work by drafting new voting maps for Indiana's nine U.S. House seats and 150 state legislative districts... Read More

Illinois GOP Claims Census Data Proves New Maps Illegal
In The States
Illinois GOP Claims Census Data Proves New Maps Illegal
2021-08-19 19:43:30
by Dan McCue

Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly say newly released census numbers reveal the legislative maps that Democrats pushed to complete in the spring are unconstitutional. The Census Bureau released the data Thursday, Aug. 12, months later than usual, due to... Read More

Wisconsin Democrats Challenge Decade-Old District Maps
In The States
Wisconsin Democrats Challenge Decade-Old District Maps
2021-08-18 13:59:43
by Dan McCue

MADISON, Wis. -- Congressional and legislative district maps that have been used in electoral contests for the past decade should not be used as the starting point for drawing new boundaries using 2020 census data, Wisconsin Democrats say in a... Read More

Census Data Shows America Growing More Diverse, DC Whiter
In The States
Census Data Shows America Growing More Diverse, DC Whiter
2021-08-13 15:29:27
by Dan McCue

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau to jump start the redistricting process across the country reveal an America that’s grown more diverse over the past decade. The largest demographic increases came in the number of people who identified themselves... Read More

Census Bureau to Release Redistricting Data Beginning Aug. 16
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Census Bureau to Release Redistricting Data Beginning Aug. 16
2021-07-28 16:27:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau will release redistricting data to the states in two formats beginning on Aug. 16. The first release will be geared for what the agency calls “experienced data users,” with a second, easier to use release... Read More

New York State Redistricting Commission Sets Virtual Hearing Schedule
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New York State Redistricting Commission Sets Virtual Hearing Schedule
2021-07-16 20:03:55
by Dan McCue

New York State’s Independent Redistricting Commission will begin a series of virtual hearings on Tuesday, hoping to get a jump on the map-making process before the release of final 2020 Census data in August. In announcing the hearing dates, the... Read More

Redistricting Process Faces ‘Uncharted Territory’ Ahead of 2022 Midterms
Think Tanks
Redistricting Process Faces ‘Uncharted Territory’ Ahead of 2022 Midterms
2021-06-28 15:35:47
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Third Way, a D.C.- based think tank, hosted a virtual event Thursday with experts examining how the upcoming redistricting battles will define the 2022 midterms. The event featured Genevieve Van Cleve, director of the Texas branch of “All... Read More

League of Woman Voters Seek Redistricting Deadline Extension in Michigan
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League of Woman Voters Seek Redistricting Deadline Extension in Michigan
2021-06-13 12:12:01
by Dan McCue

The League of Women Voters of Michigan filed an amicus brief with the state's Supreme Court this week in support of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission's proposed extended timeline for adopting final redistricting plans. The commission was formed after... Read More

Colorado Lawmakers Told to Butt Out of Redistricting Effort
In The States
Colorado Lawmakers Told to Butt Out of Redistricting Effort
2021-06-04 19:55:02
by Dan McCue

The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the independence of the state’s redistricting commissions, holding that an effort by the General Assembly to change the process violated the state constitution. The ruling came as a result of an interrogatory lawsuit... Read More

Nebraska Lawmakers Agree to Rules for Fall Redistricting
In The States
Nebraska Lawmakers Agree to Rules for Fall Redistricting
2021-06-04 19:45:56
by TWN Staff

Lawmakers in Nebraska have agreed to the framework they’ll follow for redrawing political districts lines in the fall. Despite Nebraska's unique one-house legislature being officially nonpartisan, the 30-16 vote in favor of the redistricting rules came down largely along party... Read More

Illinois Democrats Plow Ahead Despite Pleas to Go Slow on Redistricting
In The States
Illinois Democrats Plow Ahead Despite Pleas to Go Slow on Redistricting
2021-06-04 13:03:30
by Dan McCue

After two days of public hearings, Illinois Democrats quickly approved new boundaries for state House and Senate district that will ensure their control of the legislature for the next decade, And they’ve since sent their proposed maps to Democratic Gov.... Read More

Oklahoma Legislature Approves New State District Map
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Oklahoma Legislature Approves New State District Map
2021-05-17 20:55:22
by TWN Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY - State lawmakers in Oklahoma this past week came to bipartisan agreement on a new legislative map to be used in upcoming state House and Senate races. And in something of the rarity in this hyper-sensitive time, the... Read More

Ex-University of Pittsburgh Chancellor to Chair Pennsylvania Redistricting Commission
In The States
Ex-University of Pittsburgh Chancellor to Chair Pennsylvania Redistricting Commission
2021-05-16 12:09:20
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG — Mark Nordenberg, a former University of Pittsburgh chancellor, will chair the committee in charge of drawing Pennsylvania’s legislative districts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced this week. The appointment means Nordenberg, a former dean of Pitt’s law school, will... Read More

Oklahoma House Unveils Legislative Redistricting Plan
In The States
Oklahoma House Unveils Legislative Redistricting Plan
2021-04-23 14:22:21
by Dan McCue

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House and Senate unveiled new legislative district maps last week, revealing a plan in which no incumbents would be forced to run against each other. “These districts are based on unprecedented public input gathered through... Read More

Independent Redistricting Off to Rocky Start in Michigan
In The States
Independent Redistricting Off to Rocky Start in Michigan
2021-04-22 20:10:10
by Dan McCue

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's first-ever, independent citizens redistricting commission got off to a rocky start earlier this month after its decision to hire an alleged Democratic activist as an advisor inspired a strong backlash from the state’s Republican party. The... Read More

35 States at Extreme Risk of Partisan Gerrymandering
In The States
35 States at Extreme Risk of Partisan Gerrymandering
2021-04-16 18:58:52
by TWN Staff

Thirty-five states are at extreme or high risk of partisan gerrymandering, according to an in-depth report by the nonpartisan RepresentUs organization. The Gerrymandering Threat Index rates all 50 states, and its authors argue their findings underscore the urgent need to... Read More

House Passes Blue Dog-Backed Redistricting Reform Measure
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House Passes Blue Dog-Backed Redistricting Reform Measure
2021-03-04 17:07:30
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - A Blue Dog Coalition-backed redistricting reform measure is among the key provisions of the H.R 1, For the People Act bill passed by the House Wednesday night. The language in the bill closely tracks what Rep. Jim Cooper,... Read More

State Redistricting Deadlines
Redistricting
State Redistricting Deadlines
2021-02-12 21:56:47
by TWN Staff

Title 13 of the United States Code requires the secretary of commerce to provide governors and the officials responsible for redistricting in each state with the census results. As a general rule, legislative and congressional redistricting must be completed before... Read More

Census Bureau Says States Won’t See Data Needed for Redistricting Until Late September
Redistricting
Census Bureau Says States Won’t See Data Needed for Redistricting Until Late September
2021-02-12 21:03:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There's no question that the once-every-10-year process of redistricting is off to a slow start.  Though the U.S. Census Bureau ended its collection of data for the 2020 census on Oct. 15, 2020, it missed the December statutory... Read More

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