Republicans Want Wisconsin Supreme Court (Dominated by Conservatives) Rather than a Federal Court to Draw Redistricting Maps After Census Results are In

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: The legal fight over the next round of redistricting in Wisconsin kicked off Wednesday, a full year before lawmakers begin drawing election maps.The filing of a request to change state court rules by a former Republican legislative leader reflects … Continue reading

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Social Science Quarterly: Mini-Symposium on Partisan Gerrymandering (with Free Access at the Moment)

Wow this looks good: Editorial Keith GaddieKirby GoidelKim Gaddie Pages: 7First Published: 27 January 2020 Full textPDFRequest permissions Mini‐symposium on Partisan Gerrymandering  Free AccessIntroduction to the Mini Symposium on Partisan Gerrymandering Richard L. Engstrom Pages: 8-9First Published: 27 January 2020 Full textPDFRequest permissions  Free … Continue reading

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Breaking: 6th Circuit Panel Unanimously Upholds Constitutionality of Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission (Including Interesting Concurring Opinion by Judge Readler Attacking Anderson-Burdick Framework)

Not at all surprised by this result (which I’ve long been predicting, all the while puzzling over why Republicans did not raise a different argument against the commission as applied to congressional redistricting). But a fascinating majority opinion by Judge … Continue reading

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“Gerrymandered by Definition: The Distortion of ‘Traditional’ Districting Principles and a Proposal for an Empirical Redefinition”

Yunsieg Kim and Jowei Chen have posted this draft on SSRN. Here is the abstract: What are “traditional” districting criteria? The meaning of that term is critical to curbing abusive districting practices, because states must draw electoral districts according to … Continue reading

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“New York Dems Are Redrawing Congressional Districts and It Could Put Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Out of a Job”

The Daily Wire ties the census, redistricting, and (perhaps) a bit of wish fulfillment.  They’re not wrong about legislative leadership use of redistricting to enforce party discipline, though.  It’ll be interesting to see the extent to which New York’s new … Continue reading

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North Carolina State Court Will Not Redraw Congressional Districts for 2020: Did the Judges Bluff Their Way into Getting a Lessened Partisan Gerrymander?

I explore the implications in this thread, ending with the question whether the North Carolina Supreme Court will get involved to reverse despite the timing issue: Breaking A North Carolina state court has refused to grant relief to those challenging … Continue reading

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