An Indiana Senate committee hearing on a GOP proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, July 26, 2022.
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Why do government policies sometimes fail to reflect the public will? The answer begins with the design of the US government system, forged in the 18th century.
All adult citizens who have not been convicted of a crime have the right to vote in federal and state elections.
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A doctrine embraced by some conservatives could be adopted by the US Supreme Court. And if they do, Americans’ political power will be dramatically limited.
Mississippi state legislators review an option for redrawing the state’s voting districts at the state Capitol in Jackson on March 29, 2022.
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A ruling by the US Supreme Court to allow unlawful maps to be used in the midterm elections will affect who gets elected to the House of Representatives and may determine control of Congress.
Which branch has the power to rewrite congressional maps?
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Justices declined GOP requests to block court-approved congressional maps in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. But justices punted a bigger question over the role of courts until after the midterm elections.
Not every vote is counted equal.
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Alabama will be allowed to keep a congressional map that critics say disadvantages Black voters. That does not bode well for 2022 midterms, argues a law scholar.
State Sen. Joseph Thomas, D-Yazoo City, holds a copy of the proposed congressional redistricting map during debate over redistricting at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Jan. 12, 2022.
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The results of the latest round of redistricting have advanced the anti-democratic trend where elected leaders choose their voters, undermining representative government.
Representatives say the Pledge of Allegiance at the State Capitol in Austin. Texas is one of many states that redrew their political maps in 2021.
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Cracking down on gerrymandering isn’t enough to make elections more competitive.
Students of School Section #13 with teacher, Verlyn Ladd, who taught at the school from 1939 to 1958. Class of 1951, Buxton, Raleigh Township, Ontario.
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An 1850 act permitted the creation of separate schools for Protestants, Catholics and for any five Black families. Some white people used the act to force Black students into separate institutions.
Drawing congressional district boundaries can be complicated.
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Most methods of determining whether electoral maps are fair require a lot of math and some tough computation. But there is an easier way.
Protesters against the removal of President Martin Vizcarra gather in Plaza San Martin in Lima, Peru, on Nov. 12, 2020.
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The undermining of democracy across the Americas, especially in the U.S. and Peru, has been occurring via attempts to use laws solely for political gain.
Who will be represented in Congress?
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State legislatures, which will draw congressional districts that last through 2030, are dominated by the GOP.
There’s a sort-of natural law that ensures that where there are electorates some votes count more than others.
In ancient Athens, most government officials were selected at random from among citizens eligible to fill the positions.
To overhaul an election redistricting process tainted by gerrymandering, Michigan has adopted a governance mechanism prominent 2,500 years ago in ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy.
A small sliver of a congressional district in Pennsylvania crossed four counties, on a map that was ruled to be a partisan gerrymandering plan.
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When voters in November pick among the candidates for state legislatures, they are choosing the people who will make the new electoral maps for congressional elections.
Are you trapped in an echo chamber?
When the organization of a social network impacts political discussion on a large scale, the consequences can be enormous.
A worker follows up during the 2020 census test run in Providence, R.I.
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The 2020 census and congressional apportionment have dominated the headlines in recent months. What could it all mean for the average American voter?
The Supreme Court is on summer vacation, but because of John Roberts, they may have to come back.
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Conflict made its way to the Supreme Court this past session with two cases – one about the census, the other about gerrymandering. A court scholar says the two cases are intimately connected.
The Supreme Court is empty days before the justices vote to on the U.S. gerrymandering case.
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The Supreme Court has issued what’s likely to be its final word on partisan gerrymandering, saying it’s a political issue, not a legal one. That means reform lies in the hands of voters.
People waited outside the Supreme Court in 2013 to listen to the Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder voting rights case.
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When no one in Mississippi wins a majority of votes in an election, the legislature chooses the winner. This has led to white men winning over and over.
Demonstrators protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, on March 26.
The US public is more aware than ever of partisan gerrymandering, and they’re pushing local governments to make reforms.