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  • Federal Court Orders Texas Voting Map Changes Ahead Of 2018

    August 17, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    CBS DFW Texas’ congressional maps are still flawed by racial gerrymandering and must be partially redrawn before the 2018 elections, a three-judge federal panel ruled Tuesday. Courts have chided Texas in recent years for intentional racial discrimination in voting maps and a strict voter ID law, and the state must now quickly redo two of the state’s 36 congressional […]

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  • After the deal goes down: crooked alpacas replace Virginia democracy

    August 12, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    Richmond Times-Dispatch By Stephen Nash and Mary Peyton Baskin My rules. Let’s deal. Seven cards for me, three for you, and jokers are wild. But only for me. That’s how our General Assembly works now. State legislators get to draw their own district boundaries. And they are manipulated so that incumbents have nearly unbeatable odds in […]

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  • The U.S. could be free of gerrymandering. Here’s how other countries do redistricting.

    August 08, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Washington Post By Bernard Grofman and German Feierherd This year, on the first day of its term, the Supreme Court will consider the much-anticipated Gill v. Whitford. That case brings up the hot-button question of whether a state legislature may draw electoral districts that favor one party over another. Gerrymandering, as it’s called, is clearly prohibited if it’s done to […]

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  • Geometry And Gerrymandering: Can Math Fix Politics?

    August 08, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    wbur Carol Zall A group of mathematicians is meeting this week at Tufts University to discuss the legal and technological issues surrounding gerrymandering, the practice of setting up electoral districts to favor a particular political party.

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  • Supreme Court set to scrutinize partisan gerrymandering—and why it matters

    July 29, 2017 • Posted In: • Other

    Brookings By Matthew Spector Though overshadowed by the first publicly-available opinions from Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, this session of the Supreme Court could prove pivotal for voter representation and the composition of Congress for decades to come. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear Gill v. Whitford, in a hearing that will likely take place this fall, will address again […]

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  • We need non-partisan redistricting

    July 27, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Roanoke Times Letter to the Editor (Marcia Winters) I am writing this letter to present my opinion that some actions by our state government are not democratic. I believe a truly democratic government does the will of the people. I don’t believe that is currently the case in the Virginia House of Delegates. Redistricting […]

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  • The Terminator Heads to the Supreme Court

    July 25, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Politico By Edward-Isaac Dovere Arnold Schwarzenegger is used to blowing things up: Aliens, the T-1000, state budgets.Now, the former action hero and ex-California governor is taking on something vastly less cinematic, but no less daunting: redistricting reform. “In the movies, you solve this problem very quickly,” Schwarzenegger said. “You go in the room, you break the […]

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  • Judges in Md. redistricting case decry politically motivated electoral map

    July 17, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Ann E. Marimow and Josh Hicks A panel of federal judges on Friday sided with Republicans challenging Maryland’s electoral map, saying there is convincing evidence that the state’s Democratic leaders intentionally drew voting boundaries to make it easier for their party to pick up another congressional seat. One judge described the politically motivated mapmaking as […]

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  • Rappahannock lawyer to argue Supreme Court case on gerrymandering

    July 16, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    RappNews By Kit Goldfarb I recently had the opportunity to talk to lawyer Paul Smith about voting issues in Virginia and other states, especially the issue of gerrymandering. Smith, who divides his time between Flint Hill and Washington, D.C., is working on a number of important cases addressing voting rights, most notably an upcoming case […]

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  • Md. redistricting case could stall while Supreme Court hears Wisconsin case

    July 14, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    The Washington Post By Josh Hicks Republican voters who claim their constitutional rights were violated when Maryland redrew its congressional districts six years ago return to federal court Friday to argue that their case should move forward, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a similar dispute involving Wisconsin’s legislative map.

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  • Professor Rebecca Green, Scholars File Amicus Brief Challenging Gerrymandering in Virginia

    July 06, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    William & Mary Law School by Staff Professor Rebecca Green joined a group of Virginia law professors to file an amicus brief today supporting petitioners’ appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia in Vesilind v. Virginia State Board of Elections. The suit challenges the General Assembly’s 2011 legislative districts, contending that the General Assembly violated the state constitution’s […]

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  • A primer on gerrymandering and political polarization

    July 06, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    Brookings By Fred Dews The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear a Wisconsin case on political gerrymandering, the practice of drawing legislative boundaries that favors one political party (the one in charge of drawing the lines) in elections. The case will focus not on questions of racial bias, which was at issue in […]

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  • Legal Scholars, Former Virginia Attorneys General and the League of Women Voters of Virginia File Amicus Briefs Challenging Gerrymandering in Virginia

    June 30, 2017 • Posted In: • Press Releases

    For Immediate Release: June 30, 2017 Contact:    Greg Lucyk, President, OneVirginia2021                      804-920-7031                     [email protected] Legal Scholars, Former Virginia Attorneys General and the League of Women Voters of Virginia File Amicus Briefs Challenging Gerrymandering in Virginia A […]

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  • Politics, Partisanship and Redistricting

    June 26, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD The increasing polarization in American politics has been on the minds of a great many people in recent days. One commentator, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, said the partisan divide reminds him of the split between Shiite and Sunni Muslims that’s tearing the Middle East apart. While the causes of […]

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  • Editorial: Districts should reflect reality, not politicians’ will

    June 26, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Virginia Pilot Editorial Board FOR ALL THE genius they poured into the architecture of the federal system, the framers of the U.S. Constitution devoted scant attention to the central issue of how to draw the districts that determine representation in the U.S. House. Article I, Section 2 of the governing document spells out the […]

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  • Analysis: Virginia districts drawn to help GOP

    June 26, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Alan Suderman Washington Post RICHMOND, Va. — Energized Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump means Virginians will have a lot more choices when they pick members to the state House of Delegates this year. But many Democratic candidates will be facing a stacked deck as Virginia is one of several states where favorably drawn […]

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  • Do we really want the Supreme Court to decide how partisan is too partisan?

    June 26, 2017 • Posted In: • EditorialNews

    By Charles Lane Washington Post On Dec. 12, 2000, the Supreme Court ended the recount of Florida’s votes in that year’s presidential election, effectively awarding 25 electoral votes to Republican George W. Bush and making him president. The decision was 5 to 4, with the most conservative Republican-appointed justices in favor of Bush. Democrats condemned […]

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  • Can math stop partisan gerrymandering?

    June 22, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Sam Wang and Brian Remlinger Los Angeles Times Of all the problems in our democracy, near the top of the list is partisan gerrymandering. Because legislators reserve for themselves the power to draw district boundaries, dozens of seats across America are uncompetitive and tens of millions of citizens are left with little influence over […]

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  • The Supreme Court has a chance to rein in partisan gerrymandering

    June 21, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Editorial Board Washington Post POLITICIANS HAVE been manipulating legislative district lines in order to tip electoral results their way for about as long as the Republic has existed. The term “gerrymander” was coined 205 years ago. But the tools and methods have become far more sophisticated, resulting in extremely warped electoral maps that curb […]

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  • Democrats just got some very good news from the Supreme Court on gerrymandering

    June 21, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Aaron Blake The Washington Post The Supreme Court just made a major decision without actually issuing a decision. On Monday morning, the justices announced that they would take up a case out of Wisconsin that could result in a ruling on the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering. Democrats should be cautiously very happy with this.

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  • Pennsylvania Lawsuit Says House Redistricting Is Partisan Gerrymander

    June 16, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Michael Wines New York Times Voting-rights advocates in Pennsylvania filed suit on Thursday to nullify the state’s congressional-district map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, joining other court battles over the role of politics in redistricting already being waged in three other states. It is the latest major legal effort arguing that gerrymanders have become […]

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  • Grassroots Organization Educates Voters on Gerrymandering

    June 14, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Victoria Wresilo CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – As Virginia primary voters went to the polls to weigh in on who they want to run for governor and lieutenant governor, one grassroots organization worked to educate voters on redistricting across the commonwealth and how it affects the November election. The nonpartisan group OneVirginia2021 is advocating for […]

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  • Schapiro: Winning’s not all it’s cracked up to be

    June 14, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Jeff E Schapiro Richmond Times Dispatch Gov. Terry McAuliffe is his own stalking horse for president in 2020, raising money for candidates and pushing to depoliticize redistricting. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, mentioned again for president after a brief go in 2008, is leading the investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 election.  

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  • Va. group pushing for redistricting reform reaches out to Valley voters Virginia group talks nonpartisan redistricting in Staunton

    June 13, 2017 • Posted In: • NewsOneVirginia2021 in the News

    By Alex Johnson STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)– If you look at a map of Virginia’s House and Senate districts, you’ll find boundaries that may seem to have no rhyme or reason; but according to some, it’s no accident the district lines were drawn this way back in 2010 by state legislatures. To One Virginia 2021, who […]

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  • Ready or not, Virginia is back at the center of the political universe

    June 12, 2017 • Posted In: • News

    By Laura Vozella and Fenit Nirappil Washington Post Front doors swing open across Virginia’s picturesque Shenandoah Valley, and Jennifer Brown pops what should be an easy question: Do you plan to vote in the Republican primary for governor? These are not just any front doors, but those belonging to reliable GOP primary voters, people fired […]

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