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Analysis: Lawmakers travel Louisiana to talk redistricting

Oct. 17, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are moving behind-the-scenes conversations about redrawing state political maps to public hearings around the state over the next three months, to discuss the once-a-decade process that decides how people are represented in government. ...

In South Texas, aging water system meets growing population

Oct. 16, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — On a scorching afternoon in South Texas, Sonia Lambert looked out at an open-air canal that carries mud-green water from the Rio Grande to nearby towns and farmland, losing much of it to evaporation and seepage along the way. “That will be...

Puerto Rico ponders race amid surprising census results

Oct. 15, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The number of people in Puerto Rico who identified as “white” in the most recent census plummeted almost 80%, sparking a conversation about identity on an island breaking away from a past where race was not tracked and seldom debated in public. ...

Ivey plans special session in October on redistricting

Oct. 14, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers will gather later this month to draw new legislative and congressional district lines, a process undertaken every 10 years after census numbers are released, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday. The special session will begin Oct....

3-judge panel appointed to decide Virginia election dispute

Oct. 13, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday appointed a three-judge panel to hear arguments on whether candidates who win election this year to Virginia's House of Delegates should be forced to run again next year. All 100 seats in the House are up for...

Ohio community challenges US Census, retains city status

Oct. 13, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A southeastern Ohio community has succesfuly challenged the results of the 2020 U.S. Census and managed to retain its status of a city. The recent census found that Nelsonville had last 780 people since 2010 and there were 4,612 residents in the...

Maps would draw new lines for state House, Senate seats

Oct. 12, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers who must draw new district lines for all 200 state House and Senate seats unveiled new proposed maps Tuesday that they said would help strengthen the political clout of Black, Hispanic and minority voters. In the new House map, the...

Lawsuit says South Carolina redistricting is taking too long

Oct. 12, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two civil rights groups are suing South Carolina, saying state lawmakers are taking too long to draw new maps for U.S. and state House districts. Candidates are required to file to run for the 2022 races by the end of March, but time is running out...

Michigan redistricting panel advances maps to hearing stage

Oct. 11, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's redistricting panel on Monday voted to advance multiple draft congressional and legislative maps to public hearings and gave commissioners more time to submit their own plans. The proposals that received support were collaboratively...

West Virginia lawmakers set to start redistricting session

Oct. 10, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s special legislative session on redistricting starts Monday as lawmakers deal with one less congressional seat and make wholesale changes in the House of Delegates. Lawmakers will meet in special session as part of previously...