In the run-up to the 2020 vote and in a context of deepening threats to US values, Brennan captures questions the electorate must ask of the next President.
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.
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that federal courts have no constitutional role to play in preventing partisan gerrymandering.
Gerrymandering has been used for over two hundred years by political parties jockeying for power to meet ideological and political ends.
Chief Justice John Roberts has been winning praise for independence blocking Trump administration’s bid to rig census by adding a question on citizenship.
The Court’s rulings today upend our democratic principles by allowing party politics to determine the outcomes of our elections.
Today, the Supreme Court failed to set a reasonable standard to protect American democracy from extreme partisan gerrymandering.
President Trump has asserted executive privilege over documents that were subpoenaed by Congress related to adding citizenship question to the 2020 census.
In 2018, voters in five states passed reforms by overwhelming bipartisan margins to make future mapdrawing fairer and more transparent.
The Supreme Court has ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a racial gerrymandering case that represents a victory for Democrats in the state.
Supreme Court could throw a wrench into Virginia politics with decision expected this month. The State is holding primaries Tuesday.