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.
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.
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.
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.
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.