Latest Redistricting News

NC Republicans seek moving Congress case to federal court

Oct. 14, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are trying to move from state court to federal court a lawsuit challenging the North Carolina congressional map drawn in 2016. The GOP lawmakers filed a notice Monday in the partisan redistricting litigation that voters filed last month in Wake County...

N Carolina voters want challenged Congress map blocked now

Oct. 10, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state judges soon will hear arguments on whether congressional districts challenged by voters who say the lines are tainted by excessive partisan bias shouldn't be used in the 2020 elections A three-judge panel on Thursday set an Oct. 24 hearing date on a request by the...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Oct. 9, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

Five tips for redistricting in Pennsylvania from the most ungovernable state in the nation Harrisburg Patriot News/Pennlive.com Oct. 7 Pennsylvania is not California, we know. But we may be able to learn some valuable lessons from a place that once was called "the most ungovernable state in the nation" because of...

Virginia legislative elections provide warmup for 2020

Oct. 9, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox is a low-key retired school teacher who hasn't faced serious competition since the first President Bush was in office. Now he's a top target of Democrats —both in and out of state— looking to capitalize on voter antipathy toward the current...

North Carolina Republicans ask judges to uphold House remap

Oct. 4, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Friday defended how they recently redrew state House districts after state judges ruled lines drawn two years ago were tainted by extreme partisan bias favoring the GOP. In a legal brief, the legislators' attorneys urged the three-judge panel that...

Researchers question Census Bureau's new approach to privacy

Sep. 28, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — In an age of rapidly advancing computer power, the U.S. Census Bureau recently undertook an experiment to see if census answers could threaten the privacy of the people who fill out the questionnaires. The agency went back to the last national headcount, in 2010, and reconstructed...

N. Carolina Congress map challenged again on partisan bias

Sep. 27, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Buoyed by a favorable ruling this month involving legislative districts, North Carolina voters sued again on Friday to overturn the state's congressional map, alleging Republican state lawmakers manipulated lines to maximize GOP seats. The registered Democrats and independents filed a...

Redistricting lawsuit victors say NC House map falls short

Sep. 27, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One-third of the North Carolina House districts that state legislators redrew this month because of previous excessive bias favoring Republicans are still flawed by partisanship and secrecy, victors in a recent redistricting lawsuit warned on Friday. Lawyers for Common Cause, the state...

Legislature OKs budget bills that Whitmer deems 'a mess'

Sep. 24, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave approval Tuesday to $44.7 billion in state spending, setting the stage for a showdown with a Democratic governor who called the final budget bills "a mess" weeks after talks broke down. The next fiscal year starts in a week. It appears...

Confidentiality over NC mapmaker's files extended 1 month

Sep. 24, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge has given himself more time to decide whether more computer files from a Republican mapmaker can be made public. Wake County Superior Court Judge Vince Rozier agreed on Tuesday to extend until Oct. 27 a temporary confidentiality order that a three-judge panel...