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Judges Reject Redistricting Map
Misnumbered by Republicans
Nov 22, 2023 6:45 PM CST
Judges Reject Redistricting Map Misnumbered by Republicans
Democrats call decision a victory for Tennessee's constitution
- A Republican-drawn map for Tennessee's Senate seats violates the state Constitution because lawmakers incorrectly numbered the legislative districts in Democrat-leaning Nashville, affecting which years those seats are on the ballot, a panel of judges ruled Wednesday. The ruling centers on maps passed by the Republican-supermajority Legislature in 2022 during...
Dems Should Like Alabama's
New Congressional Map
Oct 6, 2023 3:20 PM CDT
Dems Should Like Alabama's New Congressional Map
Black voters will have a majority or near-majority in 2 districts
- Federal judges on Thursday selected new congressional lines for Alabama to give the Deep South state a second district where Black voters comprise a substantial portion of the electorate, the AP reports. The new map sets the stage for potentially flipping one US House of Representatives seat from Republican to...
Alabama's Congressional Map
Is Again Rejected, With Scolding
Sep 5, 2023 3:10 PM CDT
Alabama's Congressional Map Is Again Rejected, With Scolding
Latest redistricting doesn't comply with court order on racial makeup, panel says
- Federal judges threw out Alabama's newest attempt to redraw its congressional districts on Tuesday, chastising the state for not complying with the Voting Rights Act as mandated by a court order. The plan approved by the legislature provides for a single district that has, barely, a Black majority, the...
SCOTUS Delivers Big
Voting Setback to GOP
Jun 27, 2023 10:06 AM CDT
SCOTUS Delivers Big Voting Setback to GOP
6-3 ruling says states don't have absolute power to set federal election rules
- The Supreme Court on Tuesday put a major check on state powers when it comes to setting federal election rules. In its 6-3 ruling, one of the most closely watched of this term, the justices rejected the controversial "independent state legislature" doctrine , reports Politico . The doctrine, advanced by conservatives,...
Surprise SCOTUS Ruling Hands
Victory to State's Black Voters
Jun 8, 2023 10:40 AM CDT
Surprise SCOTUS Ruling Hands Victory to State's Black Voters
Decision orders creation of second Black-majority district in Alabama
- The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a surprising 5-4 ruling in favor of Black voters in a congressional redistricting case, ordering the creation of a second district with a large Black population, per the AP . Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined with the court's liberals in...
In North Carolina, GOP
Scores Big Court Wins
Apr 28, 2023 5:00 PM CDT
In North Carolina, GOP Scores Big Court Wins
Rulings may give Republicans an edge in next congressional elections
- In massive victories for Republicans, the North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday threw out a previous ruling against gerrymandered voting maps and upheld a photo voter identification law that colleagues had struck down as racially biased. The rulings likely give the GOP-controlled legislature the ability to rework the state's...
On Supreme Court Docket
This Week: Big Elections Case
Dec 4, 2022 9:35 AM CST
On Supreme Court Docket This Week: Big Elections Case
Decision on congressional maps in North Carolina could be wide-reaching
- The Supreme Court is about to confront a new elections case, a Republican-led challenge asking the justices for a novel ruling that could significantly increase the power of state lawmakers over elections for Congress and the presidency. The court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a case from North...
Supreme Court Heads Off
Second Black District for State
Jun 29, 2022 5:45 PM CDT
Supreme Court Heads Off Second Black District for State
Justices block lower court ruling over Voting Rights Act issues in Louisiana
- The US Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that Louisiana must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power. As a result, Louisiana's November congressional elections will be held using a Republican-drawn map with white majorities in five of...
Supreme Court Gives
Democrats a Victory
Mar 8, 2022 2:03 AM CST
Supreme Court Gives Democrats a Victory
Rejects GOP redistricting plans in NC, Pennsylvania
- In a victory for Democrats, the Supreme Court has turned away efforts from Republicans in North Carolina and Pennsylvania to block state court-ordered congressional districting plans, the AP reports. In separate orders late Monday, the justices are allowing maps selected by each state's Supreme Court to be in effect...
Justice Department Sues
Texas Over New Maps
Dec 6, 2021 2:09 PM CST
Justice Department Sues Texas Over New Maps
Attorney general says redrawn districts discriminate against minorities
- The Department of Justice sued Texas over new redistricting maps Monday, saying the plans discriminate against voters in the state’s booming Latino and Black populations, per the AP . The lawsuit, filed in the Western District of Texas, claims the state violates part of the Voting Rights Act. It is...
to Win for Years
Nov 15, 2021 7:05 PM CST
GOP Rebuilds House Districts to Win for Years
New lines set up Republicans to take control next year
- The redrawing of congressional district lines is not only giving Republicans a shot at flipping five or more House seats, it's taken another step toward making elections less competitive and the nation more divided. With approval ratings already down for President Biden and Democrats, the GOP could be unbeatable...
New Yorkers Get a Lesson
on Returning Census Forms
Apr 27, 2021 9:06 AM CDT
New Yorkers Get a Lesson on Returning Census Forms
If only 89 more people had returned 2020 forms, state would not have lost a House seat
- New census numbers released Monday show that US population growth has slowed significantly in the last decade. The numbers also confirm that the population continues to shift to the West and the South and away from the Northeast and the Midwest, notes Intelligencer . A look at some of the other...
House Seats to
Apr 26, 2021 5:01 PM CDT
Census Moves House Seats to Texas, Florida
Republicans to benefit right away, but possibly not in the long run
- The nation's political center of gravity shifted farther to the Republican-led South and West on Monday, with Texas, Florida, and other Sun Belt states gaining congressional seats while chillier climes like New York and Ohio lost them. Altogether, the US population rose to 331,449,281, the Census Bureau...
Oct 28, 2019 6:57 PM CDT
Judges Reject North Carolina Districts for 2020 Elections
GOP had said there was nothing wrong with drawing congressional lines to favor Republicans
- North Carolina judges on Monday blocked the state's congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections, ruling that voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain. The panel of three Superior Court judges issued a preliminary injunction...
Big Decision in Michigan
Apr 26, 2019 1:58 AM CDT
Big Decision in Michigan Gerrymandering Case
Judges order state to redraw dozens of districts
- Michigan must redraw dozens of congressional and legislative districts for the 2020 election because Republicans configured them to guarantee their political dominance over the last decade by unconstitutionally diluting the power of Democratic voters, federal judges ruled Thursday. In a 3-0 ruling—which will be appealed—the panel gave the...
'Fairness Formula' Could
Redraw State's Voting Map
Dec 3, 2018 12:13 AM CST
'Fairness Formula' Could Redraw State's Voting Map
Missouri is using first-of-its-kind formula
- The votes won't be cast for another four years, yet Democrats already appear likely to gain seats in Missouri's Republican-dominated Legislature in 2022. The reason: a one-of-its kind redistricting initiative approved by voters in the recent midterm elections. Missouri's initiative marks a new frontier in a growing...
In Blow to Democrats, Court
Allows Texas Voting Maps
Jun 25, 2018 1:54 PM CDT
In Blow to Democrats, Court Allows Texas Voting Maps
Supreme Court overrules lower court
- A divided Supreme Court kept Texas' voting maps largely intact Monday, dealing an election-year blow to Democrats by reversing earlier findings that intentional racial discrimination continues to stain several statehouse and congressional districts. The 5-4 decision comes nine months after Democrats had celebrated lower court rulings that invalidated parts of...
Supreme Court Just Punted
on a Major Voting Issue
Jun 18, 2018 12:09 PM CDT
Supreme Court Just Punted on a Major Voting Issue
Justices sidestep big-picture ruling about gerrymandering
- The Supreme Court has ruled on two gerrymandering cases from Wisconsin and Maryland—but without deciding on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political party, the AP reports. The justices unanimously ruled against Wisconsin Democrats who challenged legislative districts that gave Republicans...
Here's the Lineup of Big
Cases Headed to SCOTUS
Oct 2, 2017 8:57 AM CDT
Here's the Lineup of Big Cases Headed to SCOTUS
Justices to take on worker rights, religious freedom, redistricting, sports betting cases
- The Supreme Court term that, by law, begins on the first Monday in October includes several high-profile cases dealing with controversial social issues or with the potential to affect millions of Americans. The justices probably won't hear the dispute over President Trump's travel ban, originally scheduled for October,...
Supreme Court Backs
'One Person, One Vote'
Apr 4, 2016 12:47 PM CDT
Supreme Court Backs 'One Person, One Vote'
Challenge to long-held principle is rejected
- A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can count everyone, not just eligible voters, in deciding how to draw electoral districts, turning back a challenge from Texas voters that could have dramatically altered district boundaries and disproportionately affected the nation's Latino population, reports the AP . The decision is...
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