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Voting rights and partisan gerrymandering, traditionally the preoccupation of wonky party strategists and good-government groups, have become major flash points in the debate about the integrity of American elections, signaling high stakes battles over voter suppression and politically engineered districts ahead of the 2020 presidential race.
"Fundamentally, you think when the people vote you shouldn't be changing that vote," Gov. Mike Parson said, but added that sometimes it must be done.
Sister District’s plan is part of a larger initiative to achieve more blue “trifectas”— states in which Democrats control the governorship, the state senate and the assembly—in toss-up districts across the nation.
Two candidates for City Council in Hoxie, Ark., the challenger Cliff Farmer and the incumbent Becky Linebaugh, each rolled a die in the tiebreaker on Thursday for their runoff election.
Federal judges have ruled—again—that the state’s congressional map is unconstitutional. But it just used that map to elect candidates for November.
Our own Kathy Tran is spearheading an effort to make Virginia the last state vote needed to allow the United States Congress to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would become the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution.
Addressing Gerrymandering is Key
Check out this recently released video from President Obama describing the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), an organization he founded with former Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking to address gerrymandering. In the video Obama says that fully one half of all legislators who will be in control of drawing new district maps after the next census will be elected in November 2018.
Eight states will have just under half of the total population of the country, 49.5 percent, according to the Weldon Cooper Center’s estimate. The next eight most populous states will account for an additional fifth of the population, up to 69.2 percent — meaning that the 16 most populous states will be home to about 70 percent of Americans.
It’s a truism across nations — the larger the size of the electoral district, the less effort expanded on gerrymandering. This is a primary reason that the United States is the world leader in gerrymandering: It is one of only a handful of advanced democracies that still use single-member plurality-winner districts.
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