Disturbing Census Developments

Since the process got underway, the Trump administration has tried to influence the conduct of the census in ways that appear designed to influence who gets counted, and hence, who gets more voting power under new district maps and more of the federal funds that are distributed based on census figures. Scroll back through theContinue reading Disturbing Census Developments

We’re Back. Did Y’all Know There’s An Election Coming Up?

Since the COVID-19 emergency began in March, there hasn’t been much redistricting news in South Carolina. There wasn’t much movement on our House bill or any of the Senate bills following last February’s League Lobby Day. With the emergence of the virus, legislative action was significantly curtailed, and there is no expectation that those billsContinue reading “We’re Back. Did Y’all Know There’s An Election Coming Up?”

LWV in the Lobby

With 100 years of advocacy under our belts, members representing almost every local league in SC gathered at the State House on February 12 to ask our legislators for redistricting reform.  Our morning began with a training session on the State House grounds, where Rep. Gary Clary (a sponsor of our preferred redistricting bill) presentedContinue reading “LWV in the Lobby”

LWVSC Lobby Day: LWV Centennial and Redistricting Reform, February 12, 2020

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters. To commemorate the League’s creation, members of the South Carolina League will meet at the SC State House in Columbia on Wednesday, February 12 to lobby our senators and representatives in support of redistricting reform. Space is limited due toContinue reading “LWVSC Lobby Day: LWV Centennial and Redistricting Reform, February 12, 2020”

LWV Taking Action on Gerrymandering

[The following post is adapted from an article in the South Carolina Voter by Shayna Howell, Co-chair of the LWVSC Redistricting Working Group.] Waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision on gerrymandering in Rucho v Common Cause (a case in which LWV was a co-plaintiff), many of us were crossing our fingers, but we were notContinue reading “LWV Taking Action on Gerrymandering”

Gerrymandering: State Court Review?

When the Supreme Court ruled last summer that political gerrymandering was not justiciable in federal court, Chief Justice Roberts proposed four alternative routes for pursuing fair maps: Voter initiatives State legislatures Congress State courts The state court route was pursued in 2018 in Pennsylvania and, more recently, this past summer in North Carolina. In Pennsylvania,Continue reading “Gerrymandering: State Court Review?”

North Carolina Is an Endless Source of Entertainment for Redistricting Mavens

When the Supreme Court decided that partisan gerrymandering was non-justiciable in federal courts, Chief Justice Roberts proposed state courts as a possible remedy in some circumstances. The North Carolina judiciary is proving to be a model for implementing this remedy. We’ve been following the state court’s interventions regarding state legislative maps, and this week, theContinue reading “North Carolina Is an Endless Source of Entertainment for Redistricting Mavens”

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 appearedContinue reading “Latest from North Carolina”

North Carolina!

Earlier this month, the North Carolina state supreme court showed exactly how the National League of Women Voter’s strategy of suing over partisan gerrymanders in state court could work. The court revisited the maps drawn by the Republican-controlled legislature and concluded thus: In outlawing the partisan maps, the judges relied heavily on a broad readingContinue reading “North Carolina!”

Breaking News! LWVUS Launches Million Dollar Campaign to Ensure Fair Representation for All

With their first ever tele-town hall, The League of Women Voters of the United States announced the launching of a million dollar campaign to address redistricting challenges and to ensure fair representation for all. Called “People Powered Fair Maps,” it is a nationwide effort that will involve every state League. Each state’s situation has beenContinue reading “Breaking News! LWVUS Launches Million Dollar Campaign to Ensure Fair Representation for All”