In Carter’s home county, voting rights case tests democracy
PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter's hometown makes a point of celebrating democracy. American flags wave outside stores selling old campaign buttons and vintage political posters,...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah county will not further challenge its newly drawn voting districts that led to the county's first majority-Navajo commission getting elected.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina trial that concluded Friday leaves state judges to decide whether they can identify when politicians go too far in drawing voting districts to their...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a North Carolina trial into whether state legislative districts were illegally designed to give Republicans an unfair advantage in elections (all times...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld newly drawn voting districts in a Utah county after a judge had found the old boundaries amounted to racial gerrymandering and...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court could throw a wrench into Virginia politics with a decision expected this month.
The state is holding primaries Tuesday, but under one seemingly longshot...
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two increasingly crowded polling places in Jersey City under a proposal that would split two voting districts into four.
Michigan voters to decide how their electoral maps are drawn
DETROIT (AP) — Voters in Michigan will decide in November whether to entrust how their voting districts are drawn to an independent commission rather than the Legislature, which could alter the balance of power in a state that Republicans have controlled since 2010 and where Donald Trump eked out the slimmest of victories two years ago.
Navajo man gets back on Utah ballot after judge’s ruling
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Navajo man will be put back on the ballot for a Utah county commission seat after a judge sided with him Tuesday in his lawsuit against a county that disqualified him in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race.
Community leaders vote to revive town polling place
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Town leaders seek to resurrect a polling place at the former Nathan Hale School after complaints that shuttering the voting hub six years ago disenfranchised the neighborhood's mostly minority, low-income residents.
The polling place was removed in 2012 during state redistricting that cut the number of local voting districts from 10 to eight.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Navajo man filed suit Wednesday challenging a Utah county's decision to disqualify him from the ballot in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race.
Lawyers for Democrat Willie Grayeyes said in a statement the finding by San Juan County was an attack on his race and political views.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Navajo man can't get on the ballot to run in a Utah county's first election since a judge ruled voting districts were illegally drawn based on race, officials said Friday.
An investigation found Willie Grayeyes doesn't live in San Juan County, despite being registered to vote for decades and holding local office there. County officials have also sent the findings for possible criminal charges, northern Utah prosecutor Troy Rawlings said.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Added redistricting, retirements and open seats in North Carolina's General Assembly led to primary election victories Tuesday by candidates distinct from the state capital's power brokers.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a long-running dispute over congressional and state legislative districts in Texas that challengers said discriminate against minority voters.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Navajo Nation leaders say a Utah county is trying to keep a native candidate off the ballot during the first election since a federal judge ruled voting districts were drawn based on race.
Navajo Nation vice president, Jonathan Nez, said in statement the threat of possible criminal charges is an "example of the county's bad-faith attempt to undermine Navajo candidates and disenfranchise voters."
Federal court denies county’s request to halt elections
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied a request by county officials in southeast Utah to halt November special elections for county commission and school board that were ordered as voting districts were redrawn.
Stop criticizing bizarrely shaped voting districts. They might not be gerrymandered after all
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(THE CONVERSATION) How can you tell if a voting district has been gerrymandered?
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Editor: Nobody likes playing with a cheater. Most people learn this by third grade, but apparently not the Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature. These Republicans continue to cheat, trying to preserve their gerrymandered legislative maps. Shamelessly, Republican leaders bragged that their gerrymandering guaranteed wins for their side, making Pennsylvania into a national embarrassment. Responding to a recent Supreme Court order that required revision of the voting districts, Republican...
What is gerrymandering?
Legislators On Both Sides Share The Guilt For Gerrymandering
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday that the congressional districts in Pennsylvania have been constructed in a partisan manner in violation of our state constitution and that a revision in our geographic districts must take place before the next congressional election. Partisan gerrymandering is a manipulation of voting districts that dates back to the early days of our constitutional democracy. In 1789, Patrick Henry, a Virginia legislator, set out to punish James Madison for ratifying...
Editorial: It’s time for legislative leaders cooperate not obfuscate on redistricting
CBC Editorial: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017; Editorial # 8238<br /> The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company
Pennsylvania has voting districts that look like roadkill on a map. Both parties have been guilty of gerrymandering — drawing district lines to make sure their party will have the majority of voters in the districts. We have to take this boundary-drawing out of the hands of lifelong politicians.
Local voting districts seen as crucial to election security
CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — Last November, election officials in a small Rhode Island town were immediately suspicious when results showed 99 percent of voters had turned down a noncontroversial measure about septic systems.
It turned out that an oval on the electronic ballot was misaligned ever so slightly and had thrown off the tally. The measure actually had passed by a comfortable margin.
The scary part: The outcome might never have raised suspicion had the results not been so lopsided.
When legislators redraw voting districts, voting is turned on its head. Instead of voters choosing their legislators, the legislators choose their voters. This process of redrawing electoral districts to benefit the legislators of one political party over another is called partisan gerrymandering. And both political parties do it.
Editor: On Oct. 18, nearly 275 people gathered in Harrisburg under the banner of Fair Districts Pennsylvania to work toward the end of gerrymandering in our state. Senate Bill 22 and House Bill 722 have been languishing in both the Senate and House Government Committees for several months because their respective chairs have refused to allow debate and voting on these identical bills. The bills would establish an independent citizens’ commission to more equitably draw the boundaries for state...
Editorial: Counties across Wisconsin, prominent Republicans want to end gerrymandering
More voices are joining the fight for fair voting districts, as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week on Wisconsin’s gerrymandered maps.
The plaintiffs who successfully challenged the legality of state House and Senate districts say the district maps proposed by lawmakers create more problems than they fix.
So, the plaintiffs on Wednesday put forward their own proposed maps.
Math experts join brainpower to help address gerrymandering
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Some of the brightest minds in math arrived at Tufts University last week to tackle an issue lawyers and political scientists have been struggling with for decades.
TRUMBULL — Here’s a math quiz for you:
A town has 21 town council members. How many voting districts should it have?
a. 1 district with 21 members
b. 3 districts with 7 members each
c. 7 districts with 3 members each
d. 21 districts with one member each
e. None of the above.
Trumbull is in this very situation. Its charter, for as far back as anyone knows, requires 21 council members, but it doesn’t specify the number of council districts. And since 2012, it’s picked answer “e.”
Plaintiffs who successfully challenged the legality of North Carolina's legislative districts are asking federal judges to require lawmakers to draw new maps by Aug. 11 and to hold new elections in March, before the next regularly scheduled session of the General Assembly.
Meanwhile, the plaintiffs say, state lawmakers lost their authority to pass bills or override vetoes after June 30, when the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the state's voting districts are unconstitutional went into effect.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's congressional and state House districts are among the most Republican-skewed in the country despite voter preferences that are relatively evenly split, according to an Associated Press analysis.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Voting districts drawn by Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature helped the party win nearly four more U.S. House seats than it otherwise would have in the last election, which was more than any other state, an Associated Press analysis of the results of federal and state legislative races found.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A political map-making process controlled by Ohio Republicans resulted in the party winning nearly two more U.S. House seats and five more Ohio House seats in the last election than would have been expected in neutral circumstances, an Associated Press analysis has found.
A three-judge federal panel on Friday urged attorneys to move quickly in submitting motions as the legal wrangling continues after North Carolina's legislative districts were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
A CBC Editorial: Wednesday, June 7, 2017; Editorial # 8170<br /> The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company
It is time for the North Carolina General Assembly to face reality. They are being ordered to create new legislative and congressional districts.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court's ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral maps drawn to give Republicans an advantage in the state.
Every decade, incumbent partisan politicians redraw Wisconsin’s legislative districts. They divide the state into voting districts in a way that gives one party an unfair advantage over the other.
Many votes are wasted when voting against an incumbent since the incumbent knows they already have sufficient supporters in their gerrymandered district.
Editorial: Court rejects more legislative gerrymandering and meddling in local governments
A CBC Editorial: Wednesday, April 5, 2017; Editorial # 8144<br /> The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company
The message coming from U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles to the North Carolina General Assembly this week was clear and simple.
Sen. Nikki Setzler files bill to change how voting districts are drawn
South Carolina lawmakers have introduced a bill that would change how voting district maps are drawn in the state, with intentions to remove the General Assembly from the process and involve residents.
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington, filed the bill on Wednesday that, if passed, would create an independent reapportionment commission.
Pasadena councilwoman, who opposed voting district change, plans bid for mayor
A Pasadena councilwoman who became a key witness in a recent federal lawsuit contesting the city's redrawn voting districts said she will run for mayor in the upcoming election.
Pat Van Houte, who holds an at-large seat, made her announcement Friday, Jan. 6, the same day a federal judge's decision overturning the city's 2013 redistricting measure was released.
Christmas Day rerun ordered in Macedonia election
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Authorities in Macedonia have ordered a Christmas Day rerun of a parliamentary election in one voting district — a decision that could threaten the slim majority of the long-governing conservatives.
In an announcement Wednesday, the state election commission called the repeat of the Dec. 11 vote in a district in northwestern Macedonia, following complaints about voting irregularities from the main opposition Social Democrats.
GREENWICH — A mistake at the Greenwich High School polling location caused voters to be given the wrong ballots for a short time on Tuesday afternoon.
The location serves both the District 7 and 7A voting districts, which cast ballots for different state legislative districts. District 7 votes in the 149th state House District while 7A is in the 151st District.
NASCAR & Nasdaq, blue & red: North Carolina identity crisis
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Tar Heel State is having a bit of an identity crisis.
Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than a half-million. Yet the GOP has controlled the legislature for six years — with supermajorities most of that time — and has pushed through a conservative agenda that has slashed taxes, redrawn voting districts and even banned the removal of Confederate monuments without legislative approval.
Advocacy groups sue Georgia boards over voting districts
ATLANTA (AP) — Minority voters in a Georgia county can't elect local candidates of their choice because of unfairly drawn political district lines, advocacy groups say, and they want a federal judge to order changes.
The result, a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta argues, is that no minority candidate has ever won a seat on the Gwinnett County Commission or Board of Education. The suit says nearly all districts for both boards are majority white,...