Redistricting

The map drawn by Louisiana's GOP was found to be discriminatory toward Black voters.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently barred federal courts from requiring states to fix their newly adopted but unlawful congressional maps before the 2022 midterm congressional elections.

On Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed that the congressional redistricting map he is proposing will dismantle a congressional district designed to help Black voters living in the former plantation territories of North Florida. he calls it "race-neutral" redistricting, but Black lawmakers call it racist.

When legislatures draw lines that are discriminatory or gerrymandered, the will of voters is subverted and diminished, Jasmine Burney-Clark is the founder of Equal Ground Education Fund and Action Fund, writes in this op-ed.

Since the Voting Rights Act's gutting in the 2013 Supreme Court case Shelby v. Holder, the procedural guardrails that would flag issues like those in the Texas maps no longer exist.

Switching districts set McBath up to primary freshman legislator Carolyn Bordeaux who currently represents the 7th Congressional District. In a statement posted to Twitter, McBath did not mention her colleague opting instead to frame her run for the 7th Congressional District as a part of a promise made to her son Jordan who was murdered in late 2012.   

The battle over the map in Ohio—mirroring other GOP-controlled states—comes as congressional Democrats have been fighting to pass various voting rights legislation.

Longtime North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who presides over a district that has been held by a Black representative for nearly the last 30 years, won't seek re-election in part because of a "racially gerrymandered" redrawn congressional map.

As lawmakers discuss today’s hot topic policy issues, we must remain focused and hold our leaders accountable during the redistricting process that is producing a number of gerrymandered maps of where people can vote.

Gwinnett County is one of the top ten most diversifying counties in the country. It also recently flipped Democrat within the past few election cycles. According to the SPLC Action Fund, the proposed map does not reflect the county's diverse makeup.

Wednesday's vote is simply about whether the Senate will debate the recently introduced voting rights legislation. Republicans previously filibustered similar attempts to discuss the For the People Act.  

When it comes to redistricting, power should not be held with politicians, but with the community that elects them. Now is not the time to be complacent. Now is the time to choose, rather than have choices made for you.