Significant Mapping Developments
Alaska's Redistricting Board approved two new proposed legislative plans, replacing the previously adopted ones.
The state’s congressional commission released its 2nd staff redistricting plan.
House Republicans released their proposed congressional and state House redistricting plans.
The state’s Legislative Services Agency released their 1st proposed congressional and legislative redistricting plans.
Maine’s Apportionment Commission released a compromise proposed state House plan.
The state’s commission released two proposed draft congressional plans and a proposed draft state Senate plan.
Republicans and Democrats on the state’s redistricting commission both released draft congressional and legislative redistricting plans.
Ohio’s Redistricting Commission adopted legislative redistricting plans that will be in effect for four years.
Oregon Democrats released their proposed congressional redistricting plan, a map which Republicans and analysts say is biased.
Map-drawers for Virginia’s redistricting commission released preliminary proposals for legislative districts that will serve as the starting point for their final maps.
Each of the Washington Redistricting Commission’s voting members released proposed legislative redistricting plans.
Colorado – 9/23 Deadline: CO commissions release 3rd congressional staff plan and 2nd legislative staff plan; 9/28 Deadline: congressional final plan adoption
Maine – 9/26 Deadline: Commission plans to release congressional and legislative plans
Michigan – 9/22 Deadline: Commission plans to finalize a draft state house map
Oregon – 9/27 Deadline: Legislative Assembly releases final legislative plans
Washington – 9/28 Deadline: Commission’s tentative release date for draft congressional plans
Arkansas – 9/29: Special session expected to convene
Colorado – 10/1 Deadline: Congressional plan submission to Supreme Court
Iowa – 10/5: Special session convenes
The NRRT named Chris Christie and Mike Pompeo as their new national co-chairs, with Karl Rove also joining as a senior advisor. In a Fox News op-ed, Pompeo and Christie outlined their goal of a durable GOP majority through lawful redistricting maps. Newly adopted redistricting commissions in many states have already broken down along party lines, dampening reformers’ goal for a collaborative map-drawing process.
Republican map-drawers see battleground districts like Indiana’s 5th District as playing a crucial role in the party’s path back to a U.S. House majority.
A congressional plan proposed by Maine Democrats would move thousands of Democratic voters into the state’s currently competitive 2nd Congressional District.
Michigan’s Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Michigan Redistricting Commission’s adopted redistricting timeline, but left open the possibility of hearing it at a later time.
State legislative leaders stated they will likely miss their September 30 deadline for adopting a new congressional plan, which would shift map-drawing authority to the Ohio Redistricting Commission.
Breaking her deal with Republicans, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek formed a Democrat-controlled redistricting committee to adopt a disproportionately Democratic map. Their special redistricting session was further complicated when someone in the building tested positive for COVID-19.
The state’s Legislative Reapportionment Commission scaled back their plan to reallocate prisoners when redrawing legislative maps by excepting prisoners whose sentences will end after the next decennial census.
Texas’s third special session this year began on Monday with the goal of adopting new congressional and legislative redistricting plans.
The state’s redistricting commission approved an instruction for map-drawers to not look at political data or incumbent’s addresses when creating new plans along with guidance on communities of interest, but deadlocked on how to handle racial demographics.
A three-judge panel of federal judges denied state Republicans’ request to dismiss a redistricting lawsuit brought by Democrats, citing the involvement that federal courts have had in the state’s last three redistricting cycles.