Latest Redistricting News

Mississippi can wait to reset legislative districts that dilute Black voting strength, judges say

Jul. 18, 2024 16:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi can wait until next year to redraw some of its legislative districts to replace ones where Black voting power is currently diluted, three federal judges said Thursday. The decision updates a timeline from the judges, who issued a ruling July 2 that...

Mississippi must move quickly on a court-ordered redistricting, say voting rights attorneys

Jul. 12, 2024 19:19 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi should work quickly to fulfill the court-ordered redrawing of some legislative districts to ensure more equitable representation for Black residents, attorneys for voting rights groups said in a new court filing Friday. The attorneys also said it's...

Mississippi election officials argue against quick work on drawing new majority-Black districts

Jul. 11, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Redrawing some Mississippi legislative districts in time for this November's election is impossible because of tight deadlines to prepare ballots, state officials say in new court papers. Attorneys for the all-Republican state Board of Election Commissioners...

Utah Supreme Court sides with opponents of redistricting that carved up Democratic-leaning area

Jul. 11, 2024 15:04 PM EDT

Utah's Supreme Court handed a victory Thursday to opponents of redistricting that carved up Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County among four congressional districts that have since all elected Republicans by wide margins. The 5-0 ruling won’t affect elections this year. The Supreme...

Some Mississippi legislative districts dilute Black voting power and must be redrawn, judges say

Jul. 03, 2024 12:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three federal judges are telling Mississippi to redraw some of its legislative districts, saying the current ones dilute the power of Black voters in three parts of the state. The judges issued their order Tuesday night in a lawsuit filed in 2022 by the...

Campaign to get new political mapmaking system on Ohio’s ballot submits more than 700,000 signatures

Jul. 01, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of a proposal to change Ohio’s troubled political mapmaking system delivered hundreds of thousands of signatures on Monday as they work to qualify for the statewide ballot this fall. Citizens Not Politicians dropped off more than 700,000 petition...

Trial judges dismiss North Carolina redistricting lawsuit over right to 'fair elections'

Jun. 29, 2024 12:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina trial judges have dismissed a lawsuit challenging redrawn legislative and congressional district lines on the argument that they run afoul of an indirect constitutional right to “fair elections." The judges said a recent affirmation still applies — that...

Wisconsin taxpayers to pay half the cost of redistricting consultants hired by Supreme Court

Jun. 24, 2024 18:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin taxpayers will pay half of the $128,000 bill submitted by redistricting consultants hired by the state's Supreme Court for the work they did reviewing proposed legislative maps, the liberal majority of the court ordered Monday. Conservative justices...

North Carolina judges grapple with defining 'fair' elections in redistricting suit

Jun. 13, 2024 19:03 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges deciding whether a redistricting lawsuit claiming a state constitutional right to “fair" elections can go to trial questioned Thursday their ability to scrutinize district boundaries that way or to define what “fair” means. A panel...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 05, 2024 07:24 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 4, 2024. Editorial: Veto these bills, Governor. Don’t make matters worse Florida’s 2024 legislative session ended three months ago, but Gov. Ron DeSantis has not yet decided the fate of dozens of bills, some of which would go into...