Significant Mapping Developments

Kansas

Kansas’s state Senate passed a Senate redistricting plan and sent it to the state House.

New Hampshire

Governor Sununu released his own proposed congressional redistricting plan after announcing he would veto the plan passed by the General Court.

Ohio

Ohio’s Supreme Court rejected the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s second remedial legislative plans and ordered the Commission to draw and approve new plans by March 28. This latest impasse prompted a federal district court to lift its stay on a case seeking to have the federal judiciary step in to ensure a map is in place for the 2022 elections.

Vermont

Vermont’s state House passed a House redistricting plan and sent it to the state Senate.

Important Dates

Next Week

Mississippi – 4/3: Legislature’s 1st deadline to pass a legislative redistricting plan by joint resolution (adjournment of regular session)

State News

Arkansas

A lawsuit was filed in an Arkansas circuit court challenging Arkansas’s enacted congressional plan as violating the state constitution.

Hawaii

Hawaii’s Supreme Court upheld the state’s adopted legislative redistricting plans as complying with all state constitutional and statutory provisions.

New York

Expert testimony heard this week makes clear the court must strike down the state’s congressional and state Senate redistricting plans as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders, according to an op-ed by the New York Post Editorial Board.

Ohio

Two new lawsuits were filed challenging the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s remedial congressional plan after Ohio’s Supreme Court held it did not retain jurisdiction to review the validity of remedial congressional plans. The Commission hired two outside map-drawing consultants to aid in the creation of a third set of remedial legislative plans.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court upheld the state’s adopted legislative redistricting plans and dismissed all of the petitions challenging it.

Utah

Two voting rights groups filed a state lawsuit challenging the state’s enacted congressional redistricting plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and alleging the state improperly repealed a redistricting reform ballot initiative.

Washington

A public records request revealed dozens of previously withheld text messages between members of the Washington State Redistricting Commission and state legislative staff, possibly in violation of state transparency laws.