Significant Mapping Developments
A Tennessee Chancery Court struck down the state’s enacted state Senate plan as violating the Tennessee Constitution’s district-numbering requirements. The State quickly appealed the decision and the Tennessee Supreme Court directly assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.
Vermont’s Governor signed state House and Senate redistricting plans into law.
Florida – 4/19: Special congressional redistricting session scheduled to convene
Arizona Democrats sent a letter to Arizona’s Attorney General requesting he investigate the state’s redistricting commission for unlawful partisan gerrymandering and other allegedly improper actions.
In advance of their special redistricting session, Florida’s Legislature asked Governor DeSantis for a congressional plan proposal that he would support.
New Hampshire’s Supreme Court assumed jurisdiction over a congressional redistricting deadlock suit, named a proposed special master, and scheduled hearings in the event the state fails to pass a congressional plan by late May.
A New York appellate judge partially stayed a lower court’s ruling which struck down the state’s congressional and legislative plans as unconstitutional while the appeal proceeds but did not bar the trial judge from appointing a special master to prepare a remedial congressional plan in the event it is needed.
A federal district court panel rejected a request to block the certification of congressional candidates who win in the state’s May primary election.