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Census Bureau to Release Redistricting Data Beginning Aug. 16
Redistricting
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
In The States
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
In The States
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
In The States
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
Congress
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

Attorney: Congressional Seat Data Not Ready Until February
Congress
Attorney: Congressional Seat Data Not Ready Until February

A Trump administration attorney said Monday that the numbers used for deciding how many congressional seats each state gets won’t be ready until February, putting in jeopardy an effort by President Donald Trump to exclude people in the country illegally... Read More

Virginia Voters Approve Bipartisan Redistricting Commission
State News
Virginia Voters Approve Bipartisan Redistricting Commission
2020-11-04 17:44:46
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Voters last night approved an amendment to the state constitution that will create a bipartisan redistricting commission, putting an end, once and for all, to years of court battles over partisan gerrymandering. With 98% of election... Read More

Parties Target Control of State Legislatures, Redistricting
Political News
Parties Target Control of State Legislatures, Redistricting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Drowned out by the coronavirus and national politics, Republican and Democratic operatives are quietly preparing for a battle of state legislative supremacy later this year that could have a profound effect on political power for... Read More

Census Delay Could Put Off New Voting Districts, Primaries
Census
Census Delay Could Put Off New Voting Districts, Primaries

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau needs more time to wrap up the once-a-decade count because of the coronavirus, opening the possibility of delays in drawing new legislative districts that could help determine what political party is... Read More

Census Delays Pose Risks for Legislative Map Drawing
Census
Census Delays Pose Risks for Legislative Map Drawing

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau’s new plan for a delayed 2020 census — if the agency can pull it off — could mean chaos for states drawing new legislative maps next year. Hamstrung by the coronavirus pandemic, the Census Bureau... Read More

Federal Appeals Panel Upholds Michigan Redistricting Commission
State News
Federal Appeals Panel Upholds Michigan Redistricting Commission

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court upheld the creation of Michigan’s independent redistricting commission in a decision issued Wednesday that rejected an appeal by state Republicans that the commission violated their constitutional rights. More than a dozen states have some... Read More

As Redistricting Approaches, Democrats Boost National Fundraising for State Legislatures
State News
As Redistricting Approaches, Democrats Boost National Fundraising for State Legislatures

WASHINGTON — After nearly a decade of virtually ceding state legislative races to Republicans, the Democratic Party organization dedicated to winning those seats and other allied groups nationally are ramping up fundraising in a bid to win control of state... Read More

Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
In The News
Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
2020-02-06 18:47:17
by Dan McCue

A Virginia senate panel has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would create a bipartisan commission to draw the Commonwealth's political map following the 2020 census. The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted 13-1 to approve the... Read More

Census Estimates: Redistricting Ahead for California, New York and Texas
Census
Census Estimates: Redistricting Ahead for California, New York and Texas

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau gave a peek at a coming battle within states nationwide over the shape of the country’s congressional district map, with its latest population estimates hinting at fights within Texas, New York, California, Alabama and other... Read More

Pa. Governor’s Redistricting Commission Calls for Mapmaking Makeover
Elections
Pa. Governor’s Redistricting Commission Calls for Mapmaking Makeover

PHILADELPHIA — Exposing anew the deep divides over how Pennsylvania’s political maps are drawn, a state commission formed by Gov. Tom Wolf released a report Thursday calling for overhauling the mapmaking process — and was immediately met with pushback from... Read More

More Than 10,300 Apply To Serve On California 2020 Redistricting Commission
State News
More Than 10,300 Apply To Serve On California 2020 Redistricting Commission
2019-08-02 20:39:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With a week to go before the filing deadline, more than 10,300 Californians have applied to serve on the state's 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission. "This is great news for direct democracy," said Elaine M. Howle, California's state auditor,... Read More

Federal Judges Deny Request to Place Texas Back Under Redistricting Supervision
State News
Federal Judges Deny Request to Place Texas Back Under Redistricting Supervision

DALLAS — Federal judges on Wednesday denied a request by minority voters, voting rights organizations and Democratic lawmakers to place the state back under federal supervision for the next redistricting cycle, ending a protracted voting rights legal battle that spanned... Read More

Holder Vows to Shift Partisan Gerrymandering Fight to the States
In The News
Holder Vows to Shift Partisan Gerrymandering Fight to the States
2019-06-28 20:27:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering appears likely only to intensify efforts in the states to end the practice that allows both political parties to put... Read More

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