redistricting

Iowa redistricting: Data expected Aug. 16, DeJear leaves temporary commission

BY: - July 6, 2021

Iowa’s long-delayed redistricting process has almost reached its starting point. The U.S. Census will send out data from its 2020 survey on Aug. 16. Ed Cook, senior legal advisor for Iowa’s nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency, said Tuesday that while the data will be “in a less user-friendly format” than the formal data that’s scheduled for […]

Reynolds: Special session will focus on redistricting, not policy

BY: - June 9, 2021

When lawmakers return to the Capitol for a special session later this summer, Gov. Kim Reynolds says she expects their primary goal to be redistricting, rather than using the extra time to pass lingering policy bills. “That’s going to be the focus, to get that done in a timely manner so that we know what […]

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Illinois governor backtracks on pledge to pursue independent redistricting commission

BY: - May 9, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Politicians lie to get elected. That’s hardly startling. And in a state like Illinois, with its long and sordid history of corruption, that observation is about as newsworthy as: “The pyramids are old and big.” Still, one can’t help but be disappointed when politicians back away from their word. A case in […]

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Census data kicks off partisan brawl in statehouses over U.S. House seats

BY: - May 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — The announcement of which states will lose and gain U.S. House districts in 2023 was the opening bell for the cutthroat, once-a-decade process of redrawing district boundaries. The results of the state-level fights now unfolding will shape not only the partisan makeup of each congressional delegation, but also help determine whether Democrats can […]

Iowa Supreme Court says it will try to maintain nonpartisan redistricting process

BY: - April 8, 2021

The Iowa Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will make sure Iowa’s redistricting follows, “to the extent possible,” the nonpartisan process laid out in law if the legislative branch cannot meet its September deadline. Every 10 years, the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency spends several months creating proposed new congressional and legislative districts. Then, lawmakers have […]

Redistricting commission considers three options for chairperson

BY: - March 1, 2021

Three women are under consideration to lead Iowa’s redistricting process. The Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission is made up of four people — two nominated by Democrats and two nominated by Republicans — who must elect the fifth and final member to serve as the chairperson. On Monday, commission members discussed three possibilities but agreed to […]

Lawmakers hope for early release of census data before fall redistricting deadline

BY: - February 25, 2021

Legislative leaders said Thursday they aren’t sure yet how Iowa will resolve a redistricting problem in the fall. In past redistricting years, Iowa’s legislative branch has had several months to consider census data and draw new maps. This year, the U.S. Census Bureau originally planned to deliver data to states by the end of March, […]

Iowa redistricting plan still in limbo due to U.S. census delays

BY: - February 22, 2021

Iowa’s redistricting plan faces a schedule snafu in 2021 and legislative leaders still “don’t have any idea” how it will be resolved, according to nonpartisan legislative staff. Iowa’s Constitution says the Legislature needs to finalize a legislative redistricting plan by Sept. 1. Then, Gov. Kim Reynolds has two weeks to review the plan and sign […]

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Census delay in releasing population data throws states into redistricting chaos

BY: - February 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau won’t be releasing population data needed to redraw state legislative and congressional district boundaries until Sept. 30 — six months after that data is typically made available. The latest pandemic-spurred delay, announced by bureau officials on Friday, hugely scrambles the once-a-decade redistricting process for states with deadlines looming this […]

COMMENTARY

Republicans didn’t lose big in 2020 – they held onto statehouses and the power to influence future elections

BY: and - November 29, 2020

Election Day delivered a presidential victory for the Democratic Party and narrowed the partisan split in the U.S. House and Senate. But it was nevertheless a victory for Republicans in the battle every decade to draw state and congressional districts that favor their party. Beginning in 2021, states will begin redrawing electoral boundaries for U.S. […]

Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2020

It hadn’t even been a day since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled one of the pillars of voting rights in America, and North Carolina lawmakers weren’t wasting any time. Republican legislators had been contemplating a bill that would require photo identification to vote. The bill had plenty of support, but it had spent the past […]