Tag Archives: Gerrymandering

Gerrymandered or Court Ordered: The Second Re-Drawing Is the Charm for Florida’s Fifth

By: Jonathan Gonzalez After the first round of judicial wrangling over two allegedly gerrymandered congressional districts, a Florida judge ordered on July 10th 2014 that the Florida fifth and tenth districts be sent back to the drawing board. The dispute … Continue reading

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Redistricting Reform Resurgence in the Badger State

By Alex Phillips A proposal to adopt non-partisan redistricting for state and federal elections in Wisconsin is gaining momentum. Currently Wisconsin is one of twenty-four states where the state legislature is responsible for redistricting.  As outlined in the Wisconsin Constitution, … Continue reading

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News Brief: A Fox in the Henhouse

by Allison Handler Though Ohio’s U.S. House district lines have been approved since September, it was not until February 17th that the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that those lines would remain in place for the 2012 elections. Much controversy has … Continue reading

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Terminating “gerrymander” ghouls with transparency: Massachusetts’s 2012 redistricting approach (Part II)

by Richard Clausi In light of Massachusetts’ long and sordid history with the issue of gerrymandering, it came as no surprise when Democratic Representative Michael J. Moran predicted two months ago that certain residents would be skeptical of the state’s … Continue reading

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Terminating “gerrymander” ghouls with transparency: Massachusetts’ 2012 redistricting approach

by Richard Clausi Generally known as the birthplace of the term “gerrymandering,” Massachusetts is certainly no stranger to accusations of unequal divisions of the state’s electoral power.  From Governor Elbridge Gerry’s 1812 attempts to weaken the Federalist Party to House … Continue reading

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Open Up Elections With Proportional Voting

guest blog by Elise Helgesen and Rob Richie of FairVote The battle over legislative redistricting in states around the country this year provides strong evidence of the failure of winner-take-all elections in single-member districts in modern America. In these districts … Continue reading

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When a state’s constitution says “2011” does it really mean “2011?”

by Davis Walsh Virginia’s House of Delegates appears ready to push Congressional redistricting to 2012, when Republicans will effectively control both the Commonwealth’s House and Senate. But such an action may be impermissible because Virginia’s Constitution, Article II, Section 6, mandates … Continue reading

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What’s so wrong with a dead lizard?

by Lindsey J. Gill A lot, according to a recently filed lawsuit challenging the Missouri congressional redistricting plan.  Alleging that the districts violate the state’s constitution, the plaintiffs seek to have the Republican-drawn plan thrown out, and replaced with one … Continue reading

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NY (redistricting): New York on the clock to redistrict

by Alex Custin New York faces a few interesting challenges in this round of redistricting. First, a law passed last year now requires inmates to be counted in the district they’re from rather than where they’re imprisoned. Second, New York is … Continue reading

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New Lines in the Sand: Redistricting in the Golden State

“All politics is local.” The truth of Tip O’Neill’s famous quip may sting some senior California House members as the state’s redistricting efforts land them in newly-formed districts that they might not be able to carry. The new district map … Continue reading

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