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Redistricting

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Extra, Extra! Read All About It: 'Red Book' Is Out!

Do you know what “one person, one vote” is? What about “legislative privilege”? If you are a legislator or legislative staff member, the answers to these questions are essential because the once-in-a-decade process of redistricting is not far away—and your state is in the midst of preparations now.

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Redistricting, Explained Graphically

Arcane. Complex. Incomprehensible. These are words often used to describe redistricting. We all know the old saw that a picture is worth a thousand words, so NCSL decided to give pictures a chance at explaining what redistricting is all about. We hired a graphic recorder, Matt Orley of Big Paper Strategy, to draw what he heard at October’s redistricting seminar.

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Nov. 5 Election Helps Determine Who Will Redistrict Next

From ballot initiatives to school boards to city councils, a lot is on the table in these off-year elections. But perhaps nothing will be as consequential for future policy decisions as the elections for those officials who will draw legislative and congressional districts following the 2020 census.

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Redistricting Technology Webinar Sept. 12

On Thursday, Sept. 12, NCSL will host a webinar to get the redistricting ball rolling, Redistricting Technology: What to Think About As The Next Cycle Approaches.

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Redistricting and the Law

Tuesday’s “Redistricting and the Law” session at NCSL’s Legislative Summit fell on a date familiar to many in the room. It was on Aug. 6, 1965, that Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed racial discrimination in voting.

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Attendees at NCSL’s redistricting seminar in Providence were given the chance to get hands-on practice with drawing districts. The seminar offered a virtual mapmaking exercise to redistrict 14 state house districts in Dallas County, Texas.  

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Redistricting Seminar: Go Ahead, Ask us Anything

The final session of NCSL's first redistricting seminar in Providence, R.I., was a chance for legislators and others to indeed ask meeting faculty anything. These questions give a flavor of what was on their minds.

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Supreme Court Holds Partisan Gerrymandering Claims May Not be Litigated

In Rucho v. Common Cause the Supreme Court held 5-4 that partisan gerrymandering claims are non-justiciable—meaning that a federal court cannot decide them.

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Must States Use Census Data for Redistricting? Not Always

What data must redistricters use when they go about their every-10-years task of creating equal population districts?

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Virginia House Lacks Standing to Defend Redistricting Plan

Does one chamber of a state legislature have “standing” to litigate a redistricting case? Not unless state law says so, the Supreme Court ruled.  

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.