Gerrymandering

Redistricting Reform in a Democratic House

November 13, 2018

Now that Democrats have captured the House, a wide array of policy reforms are suddenly feasible. These reforms won’t become law, of course, since Republicans continue to control the Senate and the Presidency. But the House can still pass them—and thus lay down markers for a future Democratic Congress and show the American public the…

Redistricting Reform and the 2018 Elections 

October 26, 2018

This November, voters in four states – Michigan, Missouri, Colorado, and Utah – will vote on ballot measures that would create independent commissions or other non-partisan processes to draw congressional or state legislative districts, as Josh Douglas and Rick Hasen have noted in previous posts in this series. At the same time, litigation challenging partisan…

The Next Threat to Redistricting Reform

October 22, 2018

These are perilous times even for those who think that federal courts have no business messing with how state legislatures draw lines for legislative and congressional districts and that the issue is best left up to each state’s political system. Now that Justice Anthony Kennedy has left the stage, it is unlikely that the Court…

A Shadow Across Our Democracy

July 24, 2018

The fate of our democracy may very well hang on the vote of Justice Kennedy’s replacement. If a newly constituted Supreme Court were to overrule (or limit to a vanishing point) Roe v. Wade, it would only matter if state legislatures restricted abortion rights. Undocumented men and women brought to this country as children and…

Into the Redistricting Woods

February 13, 2018

This post is the first in a series about the redistricting cases moving through the courts. In the Spring of 2013, two prominent election lawyers, a Republican and a Democrat, visited my Election Law class. I asked them what were the great unsettled questions in the field, especially governing redistricting. They were united in their…