Latest Redistricting News

Redistricting initiatives face tight deadline to make ballot

Jun. 23, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fighting through coronavirus hurdles, activists in several states are racing to gather thousands of petition signatures in the coming days for proposed ballot initiatives seeking to overhaul the way legislative voting districts are drawn for the next decade. Redistricting reform...

Foes say Missouri ballot plan allows partisan gerrymandering

Jun. 18, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican ballot proposal seeking to reverse key parts of Missouri's recently adopted redistricting method could allow some of the most gerrymandered voting districts in the nation while still purporting to provide “partisan fairness,” opponents of the measure...

FILE - this April 5, 2020 file photo, shows An envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. A federal judge on Thursday, May 21, 2020, agreed to impose financial sanctions against the Trump administration for failing to produce hundreds of documents during litigation over whether a citizenship question could be added to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Census hits milestone as states worry about deadline switch

Jun. 1, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Facing unprecedented challenges from a pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday reported reaching its predicted goal for households answering the 2020 census questionnaire on their own — 60.5%. The self-response rate will likely grow higher in the next two months before the...

FILE - this April 5, 2020 file photo, shows An envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. A federal judge on Thursday, May 21, 2020, agreed to impose financial sanctions against the Trump administration for failing to produce hundreds of documents during litigation over whether a citizenship question could be added to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

2nd case challenging 2020 census preparation dismissed

May. 26, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For the second time this spring, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the U.S. Census Bureau of not devoting enough manpower and offices on the ground to have a successful count of every resident in the U.S. during the 2020 census. The federal judge in Maryland last month...

FILE - In this Monday, July 15, 2019 file photo, a state districts map is shown as a three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court presides over the trial of Common Cause, et al. v. Lewis, et al, in Raleigh, N.C. Drowned out by the coronavirus and national politics, Republican and Democratic operatives are nonetheless quietly preparing for a battle of state legislative supremacy later this year that could have a profound effect on political power for the next decade to come. This week, national Republicans are rolling out their first offensive target list for the November state legislative elections. Republican-led legislatures in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin appear on both of their redistricting target lists. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Parties target control of state legislatures, redistricting

May. 26, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Drowned out by the coronavirus and national politics, Republican and Democratic operatives are quietly preparing for a battle of state legislative supremacy later this year that could have a profound effect on political power for the next decade. The November ballot will feature...

Recent Missouri editorials

May. 19, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

The Kansas City, May 15 U.S. Rep Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri, isn’t a fan of the latest coronavirus stimulus bill circulating on Capitol Hill. “I don’t know a single Republican who was asked for input on this $3 trillion bill,” she tweeted this week. House Democrats were...

Lawsuits claims Missouri GOP redistricting measure is unfair

May. 18, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican proposal to undo key portions of a redistricting plan passed by voters just two years ago would mislead the public if it appears on the ballot, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by supporters of the original measure. The lawsuit by backers of the 2018 Clean...

In this May 14, 2020, photo, owner Paul Furrer cuts the hair of Jeff Jones at Rich's Barber Shop in Waukesha, Wis. Wisconsin has been the battleground for political proxy wars for nearly a decade, the backdrop for bruising feuds over labor unions, executive power, redistricting and President Donald Trump. Now, six months before a presidential election, the state is on fire again — some might say still. With a divided state government and a polarized electorate, Wisconsin has emerged as the hot bed of partisan fighting over the coronavirus, including how to slow its spread, restart the seized economy, vote amid a pandemic and judge Trump's leadership. . (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin again? Swing state a hotbed of virus politics

May. 16, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has been the battleground for political proxy wars for nearly a decade, the backdrop for bruising feuds over labor unions, executive power, redistricting and President Donald Trump. Now, six months before a presidential election, the state is on fire again. With a divided...

Missouri lawmakers send new redistricting proposal to voters

May. 14, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature on Wednesday sent a ballot proposal to voters asking them to reconsider their earlier backing of a redistricting system that stresses fairness and competitiveness over everything else. Missourians in 2018 voted to make “partisan...