Latest Redistricting News

Lawmakers given more time to redraw Oregon political lines

Apr. 09, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Legislature will have until Sept. 27 to complete the redistricting process, giving lawmakers more time to draw political boundaries following a delay in crucial census data. The unanimous decision...

EXPLAINER: What the release of 2020 census numbers means

Apr. 09, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

After a decade of planning and a head count that took place against the backdrop of an unprecedented pandemic, natural disasters and partisan legal battles, the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing the first numbers from the 2020 census before the end of the month. The state population count...

Iowa Supreme Court says it's ready to handle redistricting

Apr. 08, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court issued a rare statement Thursday saying the court plans to take care of legislative redistricting if the Legislature isn't able to handle the task due to the delayed release of information by the U.S. Census. Iowa lawmakers...

House votes to move up state primary from September to June

Apr. 08, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House approved a bill Thursday to move the date of the state primary from September to June and allow an earlier filing period, giving more time for a prevailing candidate to raise money and campaign. The bill, which passed the...

Commerce Secretary Raimondo defends census privacy method

Apr. 07, 2021 21:48 PM EDT

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Wednesday defended a controversial privacy technique being used by the U.S. Census Bureau in the 2020 census, a method the agency promised would only make small changes to actual numbers in counts of racial and ethnic groups. The...

Graham, McMaster criticize sweeping voting rights bill

Apr. 07, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham joined South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Tuesday in criticizing the sweeping voting and ethics legislation that passed the U.S. House last month along mostly partisan lines. The two Republicans insisted the bill...

Colorado commission ousts chair over social media posts

Apr. 07, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The chair of the newly formed Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission in Colorado has been removed from his role following scrutiny over social media posts where he touted unfounded claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election and referred to the...

Groups: Census privacy tool could hurt voting rights goals

Apr. 05, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new method being used for the first time by the U.S. Census Bureau to protect people's privacy in 2020 census data could hamper voting rights enforcement and make it harder for congressional and legislative districts to have equal populations, according to a report...

North Dakota Senate approves amended redistricting plan

Apr. 05, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Senate on Monday unanimously approved its version of a House bill outlining the process for legislative redistricting, agreeing to allow the public better access to draft plans. The initial bill draft drew opposition for exempting...

Voter groups: Start Ohio map-making despite Census data lag

Apr. 05, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition of voting rights groups in Ohio urged state officials and lawmakers on Monday to get moving now to lay the groundwork for redrawing the state's congressional and legislative districts, despite a delay in the underlying Census data. Fair...