Latest from North Carolina

In our last epsiode, the North Carolina legislature had been ordered by state courts to redraw their district maps by September 18. While new maps have been filed, and while the mapping process has been open to public scrutiny, the process has not been without controversy. According to the Rock Hill Herald Examiner, it appeared that lawmakers on the House redistricting committee received inappropriate information regarding analysis of a collection of maps created by redistricting researcher and analyst Jowei Chen that Republican lawmakers had adopted as a starting point for the redrawing process. Meanwhile, the state Senate brought a lottery machine to their redistricitng conference room to carry out a random selection of maps from among the ones Chen had created for Senate districts.

Although the process was carried out with unprecedented public scrutiny, concerns persist about both the process and the outcome. A new lawsuit has been filed over the revised maps and there have been new developments in the original case, Common Cause v. Lewis, including the entry of the League of Women Voters of Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project, demanding public release of the files of the late Republican redistricting strategist Thomas Hofeller.

Stay tuned…

Published by Matthew Saltzman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Clemson University. President, the COIN-OR Foundation, Inc. Director for Redistricting, League of Women Voters of South Carolina

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