RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans lost enough seats during the November elections to end their veto-proof control in the state House and Senate, but still retained the majorities...
Number of states using redistricting commissions growing
In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frustrated by partisan gerrymandering, voters in a growing number of states have taken the pen and computer away from lawmakers who have traditionally drawn U.S. House...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Associated Press analysis of Utah state House elections using a statistical method for calculating partisan advantage found that Republicans won about three more seats...
Former governor Walker joining GOP redistricting group
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is joining a Republican group to be the lead fundraiser for its work preparing for the next round of redistricting.
Vos doesn’t want to testify in redistricting case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is refusing to testify in a federal lawsuit alleging that political boundary maps he helped draw were illegally...
Supreme Court struggles with Virginia redistricting case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed to struggle Monday with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats.
Ohio’s congressional map in hands of federal judges
CINCINNATI (AP) — The future of Ohio's congressional district map is in the hands of three federal judges.
Testimony concluded Wednesday about a lawsuit charging that the GOP-controlled...
CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for voting rights groups argued Monday that Ohio Republicans' goal was to lock in a significant majority when they redrew the state's congressional map, as the trial...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he's not running for president in 2020.
Holder, a Democrat, said in a Monday opinion piece in The Washington Post that he'll focus...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana bill that would change the state's redistricting rules doesn't do enough to end gerrymandering, critics said.
The bill sponsored by Republican state Sen. Greg...
Arkansas AG approves wording of redistricting ballot measure
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general has approved the wording of a proposal to change how congressional and state legislative districts are redrawn.
Evers to propose nonpartisan redistricting process
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will call for enacting a nonpartisan redistricting process as part of the state budget he introduces on Thursday.
Virginia lawmakers back redistricting commission
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers approved a sweeping overhaul Saturday of how legislative and congressional maps are drawn, despite strong objections from some black legislators.
Republicans won’t appeal ruling striking down 4 districts
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A key North Carolina GOP lawmaker says Republicans won't appeal a ruling by state judges that the General Assembly violated a constitutional prohibition against mid-decade redistricting because it unnecessarily changed four House districts in 2017.
No fast action on judge’s redistricting order in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Because more court action is possible, Mississippi lawmakers are in no hurry to redraw a state Senate district after a judge ruled that the district dilutes black voting power.
The Senate Elections Committee Chairman, Republican Kevin Blackwell of Hernando, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he's waiting to see if the state will appeal the judge's order.
Redistricting reformers hopeful about legislation this year
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lawmakers who want to reform the redistricting process in North Carolina say uncertainty over pending map litigation and the shaky balance of power at the legislature make them more optimistic their ideas will be voted on this year.
- Columbus TelegramDon Walton: Census, redistricting and Tim MilesMarch 17, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalGerrymandering isn't a problem -- William RichardsonMarch 10, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalTony Evers to propose nonpartisan redistricting process in budgetFebruary 27, 2019
- The News-ReviewLeague of Women Voters proposes independent redistricting commissionFebruary 23, 2019
Former AG Eric Holder to decide on 2020 bid in a few weeks
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Attorney Gen. Eric Holder said Tuesday he is in the final stages of deciding whether to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president and plans to decide in about a month.
"I'm going to sit down with my family very soon and decide whether this is something we're going to seek," Holder told reporters after headlining a voting rights forum at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
GOP push to change Idaho redistricting commission stalls
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A measure that could favor Republicans on an independent Idaho commission that draws congressional and legislative maps stalled Tuesday amid a protest by Democrats.
The House sent the legislation back to a committee after Democrats called it a rushed attempt at gerrymandering by adding a seventh member to the commission.
Bill would tweak voter-approved Missouri redistricting plan
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri senator is seeking to tweak a voter-approved redistricting measure by allowing the public to submit suggestions to a state demographer responsible for drawing new districts.
The "Clean Missouri" constitutional amendment approved last November creates a new position of nonpartisan demographer to draft state House and Senate maps after the 2020 Census with a goal of achieving "partisan fairness" and "competitiveness."
GOP-led Senate kills Dem plan for redistricting panel
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has killed a Democrat measure for an appointed non-partisan commission to draw a new map for North Dakota's legislative districts.
The Senate defeated the bill 36-10, along party lines on Monday.
The measure was sponsored by Democratic legislative leaders.
Idaho Democrats walk out as redistricting plan advances
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three Democrats on a House panel considering a change to the Idaho Constitution involving redistricting walked out in protest on Friday at what they called a clear attempt at gerrymandering before the 10 Republicans voted unanimously to send the legislation to the full House.
A short time later, the Democratic House Minority Leader, Mat Erpelding, continued the protest by requiring the full text of three bills be read before debate could begin.
US judge hears arguments in Mississippi redistricting case
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday about whether African-American voters in part of Mississippi have a chance to elect a candidate of their choice in a state Senate district with a slim black majority.
Three black plaintiffs sued the state in July, asking U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to order that Senate District 22 be redrawn to increase its black majority.
Legislation would alter Idaho’s redistricting commission
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers voted Wednesday to consider a change to the Idaho Constitution to add a seventh member to the independent commission that redraws congressional and legislative maps.
The House State Affairs Committee voted to conduct a hearing on the proposal. If it passes by a two-thirds majority in the GOP-dominated Senate and House, the plan would then go to the voters for approval.
US judge won’t dismiss redistricting lawsuit in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge says he will not dismiss a lawsuit that says one state Senate district in Mississippi provides too little opportunity for an African-American candidate to win.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves denied the request Tuesday from state attorneys. Reeves also denied their request to send the lawsuit to a three-judge panel.
Advocates slam House GOP bill as redistricting plans advance
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the General Assembly's session enters its second half, both the House and Senate have passed competing plans on how to redraw legislative districts. But groups that have been fighting gerrymandering prefer the Senate's proposal, saying it would do more to take politics out of the process.
Sotomayor rejects delay of Michigan redistricting trial
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court justice has denied Republicans' request to delay a trial over whether Michigan's congressional and legislative districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered.
Monday's decision by Justice Sonia Sotomayor means federal judges will start the trial Tuesday.
GOP lawmakers had asked the high court to stay the proceeding until it rules in redistricting cases from Maryland and North Carolina.
Michigan redistricting deal killed by federal judges
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A three-judge panel on Friday rejected a proposed deal to redraw at least 11 Michigan House districts for the 2020 election, saying the state's new Democratic secretary of state had no authority to make a pact with fellow Democrats who accused Republicans of crafting unconstitutional maps.
The decision means the federal judges will hold a trial, starting Tuesday.
Wisconsin Assembly Democrats exiting redistricting lawsuit
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Democrats are withdrawing from the federal lawsuit challenging Republican-drawn legislative districts.
The Democrats filed a motion last week in the case seeking to withdraw. That would leave a group of Democratic voters to continue the case , which is scheduled to go to trial as soon as July.
In a shift, Virginia speaker backs redistricting commission
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox is backing a plan to have a bipartisan commission draw new legislative boundaries, a major shift in the yearslong fight over redistricting.
The Republican speaker said Monday that lengthy federal court battles over the 2011 redistricting lines have prompted him to back the formation of a commission. Democratic-led lawsuits led to a federal court redrawing the state's congressional map and could lead to a new state House map.
Michigan redistricting deal may lead to new state House map
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — At least 11 of Michigan's 110 House districts would be redrawn for the 2020 election under a proposed legal settlement announced Friday by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat who said the deal would fix "egregious" examples of partisan gerrymandering.
Conference focuses on redistricting trends, legal challenges
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — People unhappy with recent trends in drawing congressional and legislative maps are gathering on a North Carolina campus to talk about ways they say will make redistricting more equitable.
A two-day "Reason, Reform & Redistricting Conference " begins Friday at Duke University.
Federal court delays Wisconsin redistricting trial
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's redistricting trial has been delayed by a federal court for at least three months.
A panel of judges ruled 2-1 late Wednesday in favor of a Republican motion to delay the start of the April trial until after the U.S. Supreme Court decides similar cases related to election maps from Maryland and North Carolina.
Court picks Virginia redistricting plan that helps Democrats
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia's House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party gain control in this year's election.
The judges ordered a new map in June after ruling that lawmakers had racially gerrymandered eleven House districts by packing black voters into them.
Proposal would create independent redistricting commission
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment would create an independent commission to draw boundaries for state elections in New Hampshire.
Current state law leaves redistricting to the state lawmakers. New Hampshire Public Radio reports proposal supporters say that allows for gerrymandering, or the ability of the majority party to draw boundary lines in its favor.
Vos releases redistricting contract; $840K cost could rise
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A contract released by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos shows that taxpayers are paying $840,000 to defend Republican lawmakers in a redistricting lawsuit, and the figure could go higher.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Vos released the contract Tuesday after initially citing attorney-client privilege last month.
Independent redistricting supporters bracing for challenge
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Supporters of a push to create an independent redistricting commission in Utah are steeling themselves for a potential challenge to the ballot initiative that voters narrowly passed into law last year.
Mississippi officials say redistricting lawsuit too late
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials argued to a federal judge Wednesday that challengers waited too long to file a lawsuit that alleges a legislative district provides too little opportunity for an African-American candidate to win.
"The issues could have been addressed, could have been dealt with, long before the eve of the election," lawyer Charles Griffin told U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves.
Democrats oppose delay of Wisconsin redistricting case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats challenging Republican-drawn political maps in Wisconsin are opposing a request by the GOP-controlled state Assembly to delay a trial scheduled to start in April.
Attorney general files motion to toss redistricting lawsuit
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine in his current role as the state's attorney general has filed a motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit attempting to force Ohio to redraw its 16 congressional districts in time for the 2020 election.
The lawsuit is scheduled for trial in March before a three-judge federal panel.
Gerrymandering lawsuits linger as next redistricting nears
As the 2019 state legislative sessions get underway, a busy year of legal battles also is beginning over lingering allegations that hundreds of electoral districts across the country were illegally drawn to the disadvantage of particular voters or political parties.
Supreme Court rejects delay request in redistricting case
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request from Virginia Republicans to block a federal court from approving new legislative district boundaries.
The order was issued Tuesday, two days ahead of a scheduled lower court hearing in Richmond on proposed new state legislative maps.
A federal judicial panel has ordered a new map after ruling that lawmakers racially gerrymandered 11 state House districts by packing black voters into them.
Wisconsin Republicans want redistricting case put on hold
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican lawmakers are asking a federal court to delay an April trial alleging that political boundary maps were illegally drawn.
Attorneys for the GOP-controlled Wisconsin Assembly asked the court on Monday to delay the trial until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a pair of other gerrymandering case.
The Supreme Court said last week it would hear arguments in March in cases out of North Carolina and Maryland.
Missouri lawmakers to consider sports betting, redistricting
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers will consider whether to collect sales taxes on online purchases, allow sports gambling and overhaul legislative redistricting when they return for the start of the 2019 session.
Actions by the U.S. Supreme Court and Missouri voters last year are dictating top issues for the Republican-led Legislature during the roughly five-month annual session, which starts Wednesday.
Vos refused to release redistricting legal contract
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos won't release a $850,000 contract with a legal firm helping the GOP defend legislative district boundaries.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Assembly Republicans have hired Chicago-based law firm Bartlit Beck to help defend the GOP-drawn boundaries in a long-running federal lawsuit.
Missouri governor wants repeal of new redistricting law
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When then-Missouri state Sen. Mike Parson didn't agree with a voter-approved law imposing tough regulations on dog breeders, he led a legislative effort to repeal the measure and replace it with a tamer version.
New Jersey Democrats scrap vote on redistricting proposal
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Top Democrats in New Jersey's Legislature scrapped a plan Monday to change the state constitution and potentially lock in their advantage in future elections.
Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Steve Sweeney canceled Monday's vote on the proposed constitutional amendment, which if approved by voters next year, would have overhauled how New Jersey draws its 40 legislative districts.
Missouri first to adopt fairness test against gerrymandering
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The votes won't be cast for another four years, yet Democrats already appear likely to gain seats in Missouri's Republican-dominated Legislature in 2022.
The reason: a one-of-its kind redistricting initiative approved by voters in the recent midterm elections.
Missouri's initiative marks a new frontier in a growing movement against partisan gerrymandering that has now notched ballot-box victories in eight states over the past decade.
Proposed constitutional amendment would change redistricting
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — An independent commission rather than the General Assembly would redraw Virginia's state legislative districts after the 2020 census under a constitutional amendment proposed by a nonpartisan group.