Significant Mapping Developments

Florida

Florida’s Legislature passed two congressional redistricting plans, but Governor DeSantis has already indicated he will veto them. The state’s legislative redistricting plans are now finalized after receiving approval from the Florida Supreme Court.

Wisconsin

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court adopted Governor Evers’ proposed congressional and legislative plans which largely track the prior decade’s plans in conformance with the Court’s “least changes” approach. The dissenting justices expressed racial gerrymandering and equal protection concerns with the plans and Wisconsin Republicans asked the Court to stay its decision pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Important Dates

Next Week

Missouri – 3/23: Backup judicial commission’s deadline to file final Senate redistricting plan with Secretary of State.

National News

Redistricting News

The U.S. Supreme Court denied requests from North Carolina and Pennsylvania Republicans to block the implementation of state-court adopted redistricting plans.

State News

Arkansas

A federal lawsuit was filed challenging Arkansas’s enacted congressional redistricting plan as violating the Voting Rights Act and federal and state constitutional provisions.

Kansas

Kansas’s Supreme Court rejected a petition seeking the dismissal of three partisan gerrymandering lawsuits brought in Kansas district courts.

Michigan

A federal three-judge panel partially dismissed claims alleging the state’s adopted congressional redistricting plan unconstitutionally divided communities of interest on the grounds they presented non-justiciable issues.

New York

A state Supreme Court judge denied requests to halt New York’s 2022 congressional and state Senate elections while challenges to those redistricting plans were pending but left open the possibility of holding special elections in 2023.

Washington

The chair of Washington’s redistricting commission resigned after the Democratic commissioners voted against intervening in a federal lawsuit to defend their adopted legislative plans.