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”

The Ongoing War Over Who Counts

The one thing we know for sure about the upcoming decennial census is that there will not be a question about the respondent’s citizenship status in 2020. We also know that the Census Bureau had predicted that including the question would have suppressed responses from Latinx residents. Advocates for the question have denied that thatContinue reading “The Ongoing War Over Who Counts”

Object Lessons in How the Battle for Fair Elections Will Never End

Just when I was beginning to think that the pace of redistricting news would slow enough to start talking about the nuts and bolts of analyzing and developing district maps, these stories broke. As you read, bear in mind Chief Justice Roberts’s opinion in the recent gerrymandering case that one alternative remedy to the federalContinue reading “Object Lessons in How the Battle for Fair Elections Will Never End”

So What the Heck Just Happened?

On June 27, the last day of the 2018–2019 session, the Supreme Court announced two rulings affecting matters of concern to us: one to do with partisan gerrymandering and the other to do with the proposed citizenship question on the upcoming census. Redistricting In Vieth v. Jubelirer (2004), the Supreme Court split 4-4 on theContinue reading “So What the Heck Just Happened?”

Breaking: Justice Reverses Course (was: No Citizenship Question on Census)

Update: Today, the Justice Department reversed their previous decision and announced that they will pursue including the citizenship question, despite the fact that it will delay the start of the process. Details here. Today, the Justice Department announced that it will not contest the Supreme Court decision blocking the inclusion of a citizenship question onContinue reading “Breaking: Justice Reverses Course (was: No Citizenship Question on Census)”

SCOTUS Rules Federal Courts Cannot Adjudicate Political Gerrymandering

In a previous post, we discussed the concept of justiciability–the question of whether courts could take any role at all in adjudicating questions of partisan gerrymandering. Today, a 5-4 majority of the court ruled that partisan gerrymandering cases are not justiciable in federal courts. The ruling moves the battleground out of the federal courts andContinue reading “SCOTUS Rules Federal Courts Cannot Adjudicate Political Gerrymandering”

Redistricting: It’s the Census, Stupid

While we wait anxiously for the Supreme Court ruling on the North Carolina and Maryland redistricting cases, we are also expecting a consequential ruling on the question of whether the Trump administration can include a question on citizenship in the 2020 census. The health of our representative democracy depends on nonpartisanship when drawing the linesContinue reading “Redistricting: It’s the Census, Stupid”

Two New Federal Court Decisions

As we await with bated breath the Supreme Court ruling in the North Carolina and Maryland cases, the world of redistricting litigation has not been standing still. In the past few weeks, federal court rulings have been handed down in Michigan and Ohio that strongly back the position that partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional and thatContinue reading “Two New Federal Court Decisions”

An Accurate Census=Reliable Data for Redistricting

                The mission of the U.S. Census Bureau is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about the people of the United States and its economy – AND to provide population information for Congressional redistricting purposes.  Every ten years, the bureau counts the population and 2020 is the year for the nextContinue reading “An Accurate Census=Reliable Data for Redistricting”

Where Things Stand Right Now

On the national level, a lot has happened related to redistricting. In South Carolina, there has been significant activity, but there is still a long road ahead. It is possible that future national developments will have an impact on the South Carolina effort, but it is too soon to tell. South Carolina Legislature The LeagueContinue reading “Where Things Stand Right Now”