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With fewer state governments divided by party than in years past, GOP has edge in redistricting Whenever it happens, redistricting is an intensely, and innately, political process. And when the 35 state legislatures that vote on congressional redistricting get the data they need by Sept. 30 to draw new maps, Republicans will drive that process in 20...
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 Sweeping voting rights package passes U.S. House The House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform, late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220 to 210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill. Ariana Figueroa | March 4, 2021
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 Voter frustration A dedicated few have long tried to slay the gerrymander beast that allows politicians to pick their voters. For nearly 20 years, state Senator Creigh Deeds proposed redistricting reform bills that typically died in subcommittee. In 2013, attorney Leigh Middleditch founded advocacy nonprofit OneVirginia2021 to reform redistricting, an initiative that was seen as a...
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Ohio sues Census Bureau over new redistricting deadline Ohio sued the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday over its decision to delay the release of redistricting data by six months.The delay will cause “irreparable harms” to Ohio as it faces its own state-mandated deadlines for congressional and state legislative districts, which are drawn up using census...
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News Census data snafu upends 2022 elections A six-month delay holding up the data that states use to draw their legislative districts is mangling plans for the 2022 elections, as states discuss postponing primaries and navigating legal deadlines for redistricting that some are now almost certain to miss. Zach Montellaro and Ally Mutnick | March...
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2020 was the safest year for state legislative incumbents in a decade, a study finds Yet while incumbents were becoming safer in general elections, they were more vulnerable in primaries than in any year since 2012 — the last time redistricting forced many elected officials into districts with fellow incumbents — a sign of the...
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Some Virginia Democrats have lost touch with their heritage In Virginia, we have no U.S. senator on the ballot, just U.S. House members, plus maybe members of the House of Delegates if redistricting doesn’t happen in time for this fall’s elections. That’s just two offices. We have lots of elections with far more choices on...
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Recognize the General Assembly’s continued efforts to remove voting barriers With House of Delegates elections scheduled for Nov. 2, there will not be sufficient time for Virginia to implement new maps as it customarily does in the year immediately following the census. But that delay has not deterred lawmakers from taking state-level steps to keep...
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Latinos see jump in college degrees, but gap widens, census shows The share of U.S. Latinos 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree grew 30 percent over 15 years, but the jump wasn’t enough to close the gap with white, Asian American and Black degree holders.In fact, because of increases in degree holders...
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Census delays are scrambling the once-in-a-decade redistricting that will shape the 2022 midterms The COVID-19 pandemic’s deleterious impact on the 2020 Census is continuing to bleed over into 2021, and may narrow the chances for Democrats to hang onto their slim House majority. The tumultuous run-up to the 2020 election sent states scrambling to adjust their...
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