“Common Cause, North Carolina Democratic Party, Individual Voters Sue in North Carolina State Court Over Partisan Gerrymandering of North Carolina General Assembly”

Release: Today, Common Cause, the North Carolina Democratic Party, and a group of individual North Carolina voters are suing the state of North Carolina over the partisan gerrymandering of legislative maps for both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly. … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Won’t Take Pa Gerrymandering Case, Arguing State Supreme Court Didn’t Have Power to Draw New Districts

SCOTUS declines this a.m. to hear Pennsylvania Republicans’ appeal of state court ruling ordering new congressional map. https://t.co/6txxfNrGvz #fairmaps 1/ pic.twitter.com/Nd8gOAZKZx — Michael Li (@mcpli) October 29, 2018 I expect this issue to be back before the Supreme Court soon … Continue reading

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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Claims She Faced “Bullying” Over Her Vote to Keep Redistricting Measure on Ballot

Unusual story in the Detroit News: Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement said she faced “bullying and intimidation” while deliberating a case that paved the way for a redistricting proposal to go on the November ballot. Clement, a Gov. Rick Snyder appointee … Continue reading

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“Democrats revive their lawsuit over Wisconsin gerrymandering in hopes of blocking election maps in 2020”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Democrats are renewing their lawsuit over election maps that have helped Republicans maintain big margins in the state Assembly. An expanded group of Democratic voters filed a new version of their long-running lawsuit on Friday, three months after … Continue reading

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3-Judge Court Stays Its Own Order, with Conditions, in North Carolina Partisan Gerrymandering Case, and It Excoriates the North Carolina Legislators’ Briefing

You can find the order here. Neither Legislative Defendants’ Motion nor their supporting brief explicitly addresses any of the well-established factors set forth in Hilton. Normally, that failure alone would be fatal to Legislative Defendants’ Motion. See, e.g., Hickman-Bey v. … Continue reading

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“Judicial Intervention as Judicial Restraint”

Guy-Uriel Charles and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer have a new piece forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, on partisan gerrymandering and justiciability: This paper examines the Court’s decision in Gil v. Whitford. It advances two claims. First, it provides a comprehensive account … Continue reading

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Breaking: Common Cause, League of Women Voters, and NC Democratic Party Oppose Redrawing North Carolina Congressional Districts for 2018, All But Assuring It Won’t Happen

Got to give a lot of credit to these groups for making this conclusion, given the national stakes of fixing the partisan gerrymander in North Carolina’s congressional districts: The Court asked the parties to “file briefs addressing whether [it] should … Continue reading

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Should the Three Judge Court Order Ranked Choice Voting for 2018 in North Carolina Partisan Gerrymandering Case?

David Daley: It’s a necessary step if North Carolina wants a congressional delegation that reflects the state’s closely divided nature. Without this action, it would be easy for Republicans to exploit the slow-moving legal process, appeal to the U.S. Supreme … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Divided Three Judge Court Holds North Carolina Congressional Redistricting an Unconstitutional Partisan Gerrymander, Considers New Districts for 2018 Elections

In a case with potentially national implications both short term and long, a three judge district court in North Carolina has held that the congressional redistricting plan—put in place after North Carolina’s districts last time were found to be a … Continue reading

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