Significant Mapping Developments
Georgia’s governor signed congressional and legislative plans into law, and three lawsuits were filed soon after challenging them as violating the Voting Rights Act.
Kentucky House Republicans released their proposed state House plan and Senate Republicans released their proposed congressional and state Senate plans.
Missouri released a proposed congressional redistricting plan.
New York’s redistricting commission submitted two sets of congressional and legislative redistricting plans to the state legislature, over the Republican commissioners’ objections.
Hawaii – 1/8: Commission’s court-ordered deadline to release proposed congressional and legislative plans
Maryland – 1/12: Governor’s deadline to submit proposed legislative plan to the General Assembly
Tennessee – 1/12: Tentative date for release of state House redistricting committee’s proposed redistricting plans
Pennsylvania – 1/18: Legislative commission’s deadline to make revisions to preliminary legislative plans
Connecticut – 1/18: Special Master’s deadline to submit plan to Connecticut Supreme Court
The Arkansas NAACP and the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s adopted state House redistricting plan as violating the Voting Rights Act.
A panel of federal judges upheld Illinois’s second enacted legislative plans against claims of racial gerrymandering and Voting Rights Act violations.
Current and former Black state legislators stated they intend to file a lawsuit challenging the Michigan Redistricting Commission’s final congressional and legislative districts as violating the Voting Rights Act.
New Jersey’s Supreme Court ordered the state’s congressional redistricting commission tiebreaker to provide a more detailed explanation for his final selection of the Democrats’ plan. A recent report detailing a history of Democratic campaign contributions made to and from the tiebreakers’ wife has sparked questions as to his impartiality while serving.
New York’s redistricting commission submitted two sets of congressional and legislative redistricting plans to the state legislature after the commissioners failed to reach a consensus on final plans and gridlocked along party lines.
The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the partisan gerrymandering challenges to the state’s enacted congressional plan.
Stakeholders criticized the Legislative Reapportionment Commission’s preliminary legislative plans as failing to reflect the state’s rapidly growing Hispanic population.