October 2, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court Thursday granted certiorari to 11 cases, adding them to the docket for decision for the upcoming term. In the case Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission the court has been asked to rule on the constitutionality of a voter approved amendment ...[read more]
August 19, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A Florida coalition on Monday asked a judge to reject a newly proposed map of the state's congressional districts. The coalition, which includes the League of Women Voters of Florida, is suing to change the districts and called the new map "brazenly partisan." The map was passed by the Florida ...[read more]
July 11, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A Florida judge ruled Thursday that the state's 2012 congressional redistricting plan illegally favors Republicans. Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ordered that two of the state's 27 districts be redrawn, which will likely affect neighboring districts as well. Lewis found that the 2012 plan ...[read more]
June 2, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two cases challenging Alabama's redistricting plans, consolidating them for one hour of oral argument. In Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama, the court limited review to question 1: 1(a). Whether, as the dissenting Judge concluded, this effort ...[read more]
January 22, 2014
by Samuel Franklin
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the case of Kostick v. Nago without issuing an opinion, upholding the Hawaii state legislature's redistricting plan. The case was on appeal from the US District Court for the District of Hawaii, which ruled in favor of the redistricting plan. The plan's ...[read more]
October 18, 2013
by Kyle Webster
The modern implications of redistricting methods are heavily debated. The current system in many states of having single-party controlled legislatures create the districts has led to strong criticism. Many observers cite this as one of the primary reasons for the increasing partisanship within ...[read more]
October 17, 2013
by Sarah Steers
The House of Representatives consists of 435 members who represent proportional electoral districts of about 700,000 constituents each. Most state legislatures set those district boundaries. Notably, redistricting does not affect US Senate elections, which are statewide. Partisan state ...[read more]
October 17, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In 1812, the Boston Gazette published an editorial cartoon in response to a redistricting plan signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry. The cartoon depicted a portion of Essex County in Massachusetts seemingly haphazardly drawn into a district that would benefit Gerry's Democratic- ...[read more]
October 16, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
09/24/2012: Supreme Court reversed redistricting ruling 07/26/2012: Alabama asked federal court to approve new redistricting plan 02/28/2012: Federal court issued new Texas voting district maps 01/20/2012: Supreme Court rejected Texas redistricting maps 07/25/2008: Seventh Circuit held voting ...[read more]
October 16, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
Redistricting is the act of using census data to assign geographical boundaries for electoral districts. Originating from a simple constitutional mandate designed to ensure equal access to the government, the modern process is often criticized as a tool for political machines. Redistricting is ...[read more]

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