CASE SUMMARY

After the Connecticut General Assembly failed to enact a congressional redistricting plan by its deadline, map drawing authority passed to the Connecticut Reapportionment Commission, which was required to adopt a final congressional plan by November 30, 2021. The Commission failed to meet this deadline, and on December 2, 2021, the Commission filed a petition with the Connecticut Supreme Court seeking an extension of time to allow them to complete their congressional redistricting process. Specifically, the Commission is requesting that the Court grant them until December 21, 2021, to complete congressional redistricting. The court held a status conference on December 9, 2021, to hear the parties' arguments.

On December 9, 2021, the Court issued an order granting the Commission their requested extension, giving them until noon on December 21, 2021, to complete congressional redistricting. As part of its order, the Court is requiring the Commission to file an interim report no later than December 15, 2021, updating the court on the status of their redistricting process and including the name of three individuals to serve as a special master should the Commission fail to adopt a plan by their new deadline.

The Commission failed to meet their December 21 deadline, so on December 23, 2021, the Court appointed Nathaniel Persily as Special Master and established the following schedule for further proceedings: on or before January 18, 2022, the Special Master must submit his plan and recommendations to the Court; on or before January 24, 2022, amicus curiae submissions addressed to the plan's merits and any associated recommendations must be filed; on January 27, 2022, a hearing will be held on the plan; and by February 15, 2022, the Special Master must file its final congressional plan with the Secretary of State, at which point it shall become law.

On January 18, 2022, the Court's Special Master submitted his recommended plan, an alternative plan, and report to the Court.

CASE LIBRARY

Connecticut Supreme Court - No. S.C. 20661 [formerly No. S.C. 210153]