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In Memoriam: Redistricting Pioneer Tom Hofeller

With a curmudgeonly nature leavened by a twinkle in his eye, Tom Hofeller was one of the nation’s best brains when it came to thinking spatially and legally. In other words, he was a redistricter par excellence.

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Redistricting School's Not Out For Summer

Los Angeles—I got schooled last week at NCSL’s Summit—schooled on how redistricting really works, as opposed to the textbook “How a Bill Becomes a Law” version.

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What a Month June Was For Redistricting

During June, the court touched on five redistricting cases in some way or other. But that’s not all. Two cases burbling along in lower courts made June headlines, too.

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Texas Legislature Wins Almost All of Its Racial Gerrymandering Supreme Court Case

Abbott v. Perez is odd and unusually complicated even for a racial gerrymandering case. In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld all but one of Texas’ 2013 congressional and state legislative districts.

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Supreme Court Fails to Offer a Legal Standard for Unconstitutional Partisan Gerrymandering

In 1986 a majority of the Supreme Court agreed that partisan gerrymandering may be unconstitutional in certain circumstances.

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Redistricting: Supreme Court (Doesn’t) Decide

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on what were expected to be a pair of blockbuster redistricting cases—Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone. The end result: the status quo has not changed.

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The Midterms Are the Unofficial Start to 2020 Redistricting Season

The midterm elections are doubly important this year. Not only are state and congressional control at stake, but the midterms represent the unofficial start to the 2020 redistricting cycle, which begins after the census data are released in early 2021.

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Ohio's Big Redistricting Vote

On Tuesday, Ohio’s voters overwhelmingly said “yes” to changing how congressional districts will be adopted in the Buckeye State, come 2021. This is not only a big deal for Ohio but is also a major development in the often highly contentious redistricting process.

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Confidentiality, the Census and Trust in the Federal Government

Soi why should I give my personal information, such as where I live, to the federal government? And what protections are in place to ensure my information is kept confidential?

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Texas Redistricting Case

In Abbott v. Perez a number of persons and advocacy groups challenged the Texas Legislature’s 2011 state legislative and congressional redistricting plan claiming it discriminated against black and Hispanic voters in violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause and the Voting Rights Act.

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