Redistricting

10:01pm

Sun March 4, 2012
Around the Nation

Districts Still Unsettled As New York Primary Nears

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 8:51 am

Pedestrians walk along a section of Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. The neighborhood is part of an area targeted for congressional redistricting, but the process is still dragging on as the state's primary draws near.
Bebeto Matthews AP

By now, most states around the country have redrawn their political boundaries based on the 2010 census — and then there's New York.

For voters in the Forest Hills section of Queens, it has been rough. A year ago, they were represented by Democrat Anthony Weiner, who tweeted his way to infamy. Now, they're represented by Republican Bob Turner, who won a special election after Weiner resigned.

Right now, nobody even knows what district they're in.

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12:47pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Law

Is The Voting Rights Act Endangered? A Legal Primer

South Carolina is one state that requires special clearance from the Justice Department to change its election laws. Here Charles Monnich casts his vote in the GOP primary at Martin Luther King Memorial Park in Columbia, S.C. on Jan. 21.
Gerry Melendez MCT /Landov

The roiling legal battles over election laws passed in various states have potentially far-reaching consequences: the fate of a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The landmark legislation requires the Justice Department to "pre-clear" any changes to election laws in some or all parts of 16 states, mostly in the South, because of their histories of racially discriminatory voting practices. The Justice Department recently used the mandate to block a voter identification law in South Carolina on grounds that it would harm minority voter turnout.

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9:15am

Fri January 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Texas Redistricting Plan Tossed Out By Supreme Court

A plan for how to redraw Texas' congressional and state legislative districts that was put together by a three-judge federal court in San Antonio was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court this morning because, the justices ruled, the lower court should not have disregarded the Texas state legislature's wishes and should not have stepped into that legislature's shoes.

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5:00am

Tue January 17, 2012
Politics

As Congress Gets Back to Work, Redistricting Changes Loom Large

2nd Congressional District Rep. Jared Polis is flanked by Loveland Mayor Cecil Gutierrez and Kelly Peters, Director of Business for Northern Colorado Economic Development, during a tour of the Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology.
Grace Hood

Members of Congress return to work today for what will likely be a divisive session during an election year. In Colorado, new congressional boundaries from redistricting will force some representatives to shift their political strategy and talking points to get reelected this year. And that means some changes for candidates in the 2nd and 4th Congressional districts.

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8:19am

Sun December 4, 2011
Politics

Democrats Stand to Make Big Gains in Reapportionment, Redistricting

Colorado is in the middle of a partisan fight over state house and congressional district boundaries. By law the state must redraw the boundaries once a decade to account for population shifts. The new maps will impact the political landscape for years to come, but still need approval from the state supreme court. KUNC’s State Capitol Reporter Bente Birkeland talks to fellow statehouse reporters about the ramifications.

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