Black Florida Lawmakers Say DeSantis’s Gerrymandered Maps are “Overtly Racist”

Black lawmakers and voting rights activists in Florida are blasting newly introduced legislative maps proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), calling them “overtly racist” for diluting the voices of non-white voters in the state. DeSantis previously vetoed maps drawn by the Republican-led legislature, complaining at the time that they weren’t made in a way that was “race-neutral.” Republican lawmakers and DeSantis then decided that the governor would redraw the maps himself, which he submitted for consideration earlier this week. Critics of those maps say that they will diminish the influence of Black voters. In the state’s Fifth Congressional District, for…

Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down Gerrymandered GOP Maps For the Third Time

The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected Republican-drawn district maps in the state for the third time, sending the majority-Republican Ohio Redistricting Commission back to the drawing board yet again. In a 4-3 decision, the judges found that the maps were unconstitutional and didn’t reflect the will of voters in the state. “Substantial and compelling evidence shows beyond a reasonable doubt that the main goal of the individuals who drafted the second revised plan was to favor the Republican Party and disfavor the Democratic Party,” the majority wrote. The majority, including one conservative justice, said that Republicans have inflicted “chaos” on…

Indigenous Nations Allege New Maps in North Dakota Violate Voting Rights Act

Two Indigenous nations in North Dakota are suing the state, alleging that Republican lawmakers redrew district maps in ways that dilute their voices and violate the Voting Rights Act. New maps were redrawn and approved by the state legislature, which is controlled by Republicans, in November. GOP Gov. Doug Burgum signed the maps into law shortly afterward. In their lawsuit, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and the Spirit Lake Tribe say that the state was supposed to redraw maps, after the decennial Census, to allow Indigenous voters to select candidates of their choice to the state House of Representatives.…

Number of Competitive Seats in House Decreases Following Drawing of New Maps

The total number of competitive seats in Congress appears to be shrinking as states finalize their new maps, a new analysis shows. According to FiveThirtyEight, of the 335 seats in the House of Representatives that have been redrawn by state legislatures across the U.S. so far, only 27 seats have been deemed competitive. In every district besides those 27, one political party has an advantage of at least five points over the other, making it relatively safe for that party to assume they will win. There are still 100 districts within nine different states that haven’t been mapped out yet,…

Justice Department Sues Texas Over Racist Congressional Maps

On Monday, the Department of Justice announced that it is suing Texas over Republicans’ newly-drawn congressional maps, which marginalize Latinx people and other nonwhite communities while giving disproportionate influence to white voters. In its lawsuit, the Justice Department says that the Texas legislature “refused to recognize the State’s growing [non-white] electorate” in their new congressional maps, which they drew in an “extraordinarily rapid and opaque legislative process.” The maps, which were signed into law in October, were rammed through the legislature by the state’s Republican majority. “This is not the first time Texas has acted to minimize the voting rights…

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