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\FILE-This Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 file photo shows Kate Schroder, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 1st Congressional District, speaking during a debate with Republican incumbent Steve Chabot, in downtown Cincinnati. First-time candidates in two southwest Ohio congressional districts are giving Democrats hope for a first, unseating a Republican incumbent under the state's current map.  (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File)

Democrats hope to unseat GOP congressional members in Ohio

Oct. 24, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — First-time candidates in several congressional districts around Ohio are giving Democrats hope for another first: unseating a Republican under the state’s current map. The GOP-dominated redistricting that took effect with the 2012 elections gave Republicans a 12-4 advantage in the...

Top Democrats sue over Arizona redistricting panel list

Oct. 23, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic leaders of the Arizona Legislature say two of five independents chosen by a judicial panel as potential chairs of a commission that will redraw political district boundaries next year are not legally eligible for the post. A lawsuit filed Friday by House Minority Leader Charlene...

House Speaker makes 1st pick for Arizona redistricting panel

Oct. 22, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers has made his choice for one of five seats on the commission that will draw new maps for Arizona's congressional and legislative districts after this year's U.S. Census is completed. Bowers announced Thursday that he has chosen David Mehl of Pima County...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right, and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer appear at a news conference in Los Angeles. California-based federal judges have joined in blocking President Donald Trump's executive order excluding people in the U.S. illegally from being counted when congressional districts are redrawn after this year's census. Becerra said a complete and accurate census count

California court joins in barring Trump census order on maps

Oct. 22, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California-based federal judges on Thursday joined in blocking President Donald Trump's executive order excluding people in the U.S. illegally from being counted when congressional districts are redrawn after this year’s census. But the matter is already before the U.S....

Liberal legal group formed ahead of election in Wisconsin

Oct. 22, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new legal group founded by Wisconsin attorneys who have represented Democrats and others opposed to Republicans on issues ranging from redistricting to the lame-duck legislative session has formed just days before the election. Law Forward said Thursday that its focus will be...

Map shows states in which political redistricting is handled by legislatures and commissions.

Will voting in a non-battleground state make a difference?

Oct. 21, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

HOW DOES MY VOTE MATTER IF I DON'T LIVE IN A PRESIDENTIAL BATTLEGROUND STATE? There are still plenty of other races where your vote makes a difference. In fact, voters in almost every state will have a chance to influence both national and local decisions through down-ballot races. Voters in two-thirds of the...

Suburban voters hold key to control of Minnesota Senate

Oct. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In an election that will determine political control of the Minnesota Legislature, Democrats have high hopes for flipping the Republican-controlled state Senate in November. While Democrats are expected to keep a comfortable majority in the House, Republicans have a narrow 35-32...

Screeners nominate 25 for 5 seats on redistricting panel

Oct. 10, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A screening panel has winnowed a field of 51 applicants down to 25 nominees for five seats on a state commission that will take on the politically charged task of drawing new congressional and legislative districts for use in Arizona elections in the coming decade. The Commission on...

Gov. Kelly seeks nonpartisan panel after gerrymandering talk

Oct. 9, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday called for the creation of a nonpartisan commission to handle redrawing state legislative and congressional districts after a video surfaced that shows a top Republican lawmaker discuss how gerrymandering can help oust the state's sole Democratic...

Redistricting reform advocate Brian Cannon poses with some of his yard signs and bumper stickers in his office, Tuesday Oct. 6, 2020, in Richmond, Va.  An effort to end centuries of partisan gerrymandering in Virginia is up for consideration by the state's voters. A referendum on the November ballot asks whether to amend the state Constitution to create a bipartisan panel that would take on the once-every-10-year task of redrawing the legislative boundaries for General Assembly and congressional districts  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Disputed redistricting reform on the ballot in Virginia

Oct. 9, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — In Virginia, the gerrymander goes all the way back to the first congressional elections, when then-Gov. Patrick Henry drew up a district to try to keep James Madison, father of the Constitution that Henry opposed, out of the House of Representatives. Madison, though, campaigned...