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”

SCOTUS Oral Arguments, March 26, 2019

On March 26, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two redistricting cases: Benisek v. Lamone from Maryland and the consolidated cases Rucho v. Common Cause and League of Women Voters of North Carolina. In the former case, individual Republican voters have challenged the drawing of Maryland’s Sixth District (in the western part of theContinue reading “SCOTUS Oral Arguments, March 26, 2019”

How (Not) to Tell You’ve Been Gerrymandered (Part I of Several)

In a previous post, we explained how sophisticated map analysis can support drawing district lines that result in party representation in the legislature that is dramatically different from the distribution of support for a party in the population. Over several upcoming posts, we will describe the analyses that are being used to identify biased districtContinue reading “How (Not) to Tell You’ve Been Gerrymandered (Part I of Several)”

How to Gerrymander!

Imagine you are a political party. At present, you control the legislature and executive of your state government and you have the power to draw the maps that divide the state into Congressional and legislative districts. You want to ensure that you retain control of the legislature in future elections, even if the voting publicContinue reading “How to Gerrymander!”

Redistricting Criteria in South Carolina

We have discussed the issue of who draws legislative district boundaries during the redistricting process. Do voters choose their representatives, or do representatives choose their voters? The criteria for drawing boundaries may be an even more important issue than who draws those boundaries in answering this question in favor of voters. There are some requirementsContinue reading “Redistricting Criteria in South Carolina”

H. 3054: A Path to Empowering Voters and Decreasing Political Polarization

Citizens across the political spectrum agree that reforming our redistricting process is essential if we are to minimize the polarization that is damaging our democracy and let voters know that their votes matter. There are differences about how to get there, but the goal is clear – a government in which voters are empowered. InContinue reading “H. 3054: A Path to Empowering Voters and Decreasing Political Polarization”

The 2020 Census–Foundation of Redistricting, and So Much More

Reapportionment (the allocation of Congressional seats based on population) and redistricting (the redrawing of boundaries for the U. S. House and state House and Senate districts) depend on an accurate, timely and complete census. Our every-decade population count also establishes guidelines for allocation of federal funds for a wide range of programs. However, there areContinue reading “The 2020 Census–Foundation of Redistricting, and So Much More”

An Opportunity to Learn!

Does My Vote Even Count? A Forum on Election Reform on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 pm to 7 pm at the Richland County Library Main Auditorium , 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia provides a chance to learn about Redistricting. The forum panelists will include SC House Representatives Beth Bernstein, Gary Clary, Kirkman Finlay and SenatorContinue reading “An Opportunity to Learn!”