The Brennan Center for Justices takes a look at legal cases around the country challenging newly adopted redistricting plans.
Redistricting (Gerrymandering) articles on Democracy Chronicles
Redistricting, also known pejoratively as gerrymandering, refers to manipulation of the redrawing of districts to skew results towards a preferred party or candidate. With changes in population over time as cities grow and shrink, representative democracy requires adjusting border lines between electoral areas. For national elections, the U.S. Constitution outlines the need for a ten-year population count by census for national elections. The 50 states often have their own methods of redistricting. Also see our section on American democracy.
On type of redistricting reform takes the power to redistrict from legislatures and another leaves it with them but limits partisan gerrymandering.
The Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday rejected newly designed maps that would have kept Republicans in control of the state legislature.
Politicians…have something urgent to quarrel about these days: maps! Control of the U.S. House is on the line — or within the lines.
New district maps drawn by independent commissions would be most likely to pass Manchin’s test, the Freedom to Vote Act (FTVA).
Their maps are among a half-dozen proposals that have been submitted to a court panel that is likely to draw Minnesota’s political maps.
Following a Supreme Court decision to ratify new voting maps in Virginia the incumbent-protection scheme or redistricting has ended.
Arizona’s independent redistricting commission passed a new congressional map that could help flip two Democratic-held seats to the GOP.
Michigan’s political map, which was formerly one of the most gerrymandered in the country, has been replaced by one of the most fair.
Republicans in Oklahoma’s legislature are using redistricting to prevent a repeat of the 2018 midterms upset favorable to Democrats.