You’ve Heard About Gerrymandering. What Happens When It Involves Prisons?

Counting people where they’re imprisoned takes political power away from cities and transfers it to rural areas.

#census, #prisons-and-prisoners, #redistricting-and-reapportionment

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Democrats Splinter Over Strategy for Pushing Through Voting Rights Bill

President Biden and leading congressional Democrats have made the far-reaching bill a top priority, but some proponents believe it needs major changes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #manchin-joe-iii, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Here’s How Democrats’ Voting Rights Law Would Work

The expansive measure would set a nationwide floor on ballot access, nullify many voting restrictions, change the way political districts are drawn and rein in campaign donations.

#absentee-voting, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #law-and-legislation, #political-advertising, #presidential-elections-us, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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The Republican Party Is Driving the Nation’s Democratic Decline

This is what it looks like when a political party turns against democracy itself.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-house-of-representatives, #kemp-brian-p, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #shirkey-michael-j, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

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Why Your Ballots Are Boring

Politicians love to divide and conquer.

#democratic-party, #gerry-elbridge-1744-1814, #nadler-jerrold, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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For Voting Rights Advocates, a ‘Once in a Generation Moment’ Looms

Opposition to restrictive Republican voting laws — and support for a sweeping Democratic bill — fuels a movement like none in decades. But can it succeed?

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #georgia, #manchin-joe-iii, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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For Democracy to Stay, the Filibuster Must Go

What happens when the biggest election reform bill in half a century runs into one of the most formidable barriers to American governance?

#filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Targeting State Restrictions, House Is Set to Pass Landmark Voting Rights Expansion

The omnibus voting, ethics and campaign finance bill would roll back barriers to voting enacted by Republican statehouses, but it faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

#absentee-voting, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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We Still Have to Worry About the Supreme Court and Elections

The justices are about to consider whether the Voting Rights Act applies to policies that restrict the vote.

#absentee-voting, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #florida, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #minorities, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2000, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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How to Keep Extremists Out of Power

Every political reform proposal must be judged by its ability to fuel or weaken extremist candidates.

#alaska, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #politics-and-government, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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Restrict the Vote!

If you can’t beat them fair and square, tilt the playing field.

#absentee-voting, #lewis-john-r, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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How the Pennsylvania GOP is Trying to Increase Their Control of State Courts

After fighting the election results, state Republicans are trying to increase their control of the courts. Outraged Democrats and good government groups see it as a new kind of gerrymandering.

#constitutions, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #pennsylvania, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #referendums, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pennsylvania G.O.P.’s Push for More Power Over Judiciary Raises Alarms

After fighting the election results, state Republicans are trying to increase their control of the courts. Outraged Democrats and good government groups see it as a new kind of gerrymandering.

#constitutions, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #pennsylvania, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #referendums, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A New Delay for Census Numbers Could Scramble Congressional Elections

Census data needed for legislative districts won’t be ready until September. Could that alter the balance of power in the House?

#census, #census-bureau, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states

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House Republicans Announce 47 Democrats They Hope to Unseat

The National Republican Congressional Committee released a list of the House Democrats whose seats it is targeting, including moderates like Abigail Spanberger and Conor Lamb.

#democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #maloney-carolyn-b, #national-republican-congressional-committee, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #spanberger-abigail, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Trump-Supporting Congresswoman in New York City Stands Her Ground

Representative Nicole Malliotakis represents Staten Island, where new Republican voters out-registered Democrats during the Trump administration.

#conservatism-us-politics, #conservative-party-of-new-york-state, #de-blasio-bill, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #malliotakis-nicole, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #presidential-election-of-2020, #pro-trump, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #remauro-leticia, #republican-party, #rubio-marco, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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The Gerrymander Battles Loom, as G.O.P. Looks to Press Its Advantage

With new census results coming, Republicans control redistricting in key states, while Democrats prepare for legal challenges and look to redraw some maps of their own.

#census-bureau, #elections-house-of-representatives, #midterm-elections-2018, #politics-and-government, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Gerrymandering Will Protect Republicans Who Challenged the Election

Taking a position as inflammatory as refusing to certify a fair election would be riskier for G.O.P. lawmakers if they needed to appeal to an electorate beyond their next set of primary voters.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-house-of-representatives, #jordan-jim-1964, #ohio, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #trump-donald-j

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We Need a Second Great Migration

Georgia illuminates the path to Black power. It lies in the South. Follow me there.

#atlanta-ga, #black-people, #census, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #elections, #population, #race-and-ethnicity, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #southern-states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #whites

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How to Ensure This Never Happens Again

The election and its aftermath have revealed weaknesses in our democracy. Here’s how we can fix some of them.

#electoral-college, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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A Census Case That Goes to the Heart of American Democracy

For two centuries, census totals used to apportion Congress have included all residents of the country. The Supreme Court on Monday heard the Trump administration’s argument for limiting the count to citizens.

#census, #census-bureau, #constitution-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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Supreme Court Takes Up Trump Plan to Exclude Unauthorized Immigrants in Redistricting

The administration’s efforts, which are subject to practical hurdles, would upset a constitutional consensus and could shift political power from Democratic states to Republican ones.

#census, #constitution-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Statehouse Seats Are Up for Grabs, and With Them, Great Power

In most states, control of the state legislature comes with the authority to redraw state and federal electoral maps.

#democratic-party, #elections-state-legislature, #iowa, #minnesota, #north-carolina, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #texas

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How U.S. Elections Look Abroad

From gerrymandering to voter roll purges, we showed people around the world how the American system works. It didn’t go well.

#elections, #politics-and-government, #presidential-elections-us, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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Why Are Republicans So Afraid of Voters?

There is no “both sides do it” when it comes to intentionally keeping Americans away from the polls.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #absentee-voting, #barr-william-p, #black-people, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Supreme Court Will Review Trump’s Plan to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants in Redistricting

A new administration policy, if upheld, would largely shift political power and federal money from Democratic states to Republican ones.

#california, #census, #commerce-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Census, the Supreme Court and Why the Count Is Stopping Early

The Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to stop the 2020 count. Here’s what that means for the census.

#census, #census-bureau, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Census, the Supreme Court and Why the Count Is Stopping Early: Explained

The Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to stop the 2020 count. Here’s what that means for the census.

#census, #census-bureau, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Census Count Can Be Cut Short, Supreme Court Rules

After extending the deadline to complete field work in light of the pandemic, the Trump administration reversed course. Critics saw a political motive.

#census, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #illegal-immigration, #koh-lucy-h, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Two Huge Questions Loom as 2020 Census Winds Down

The most contentious census count in memory is nearing an end with questions remaining about the accuracy of its numbers and how they will be used in congressional reapportionment.

#census, #census-bureau, #commerce-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #koh-lucy-h, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prewitt-kenneth, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #trump-donald-j

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Supreme Court Speeds Case on Excluding Undocumented Immigrants in Redistricting

A lower court had ruled that the Trump administration’s plan to alter the census count for congressional reapportionment violated federal law.

#census, #decisions-and-verdicts, #house-of-representatives, #illegal-immigration, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Federal Judge Bars Trump Administration From Ending Census Early

The ruling says the census, which was delayed for months because of the coronavirus, needs more time to get an accurate count.

#census, #census-bureau, #koh-lucy-h, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Why Does Trump Want an Inaccurate Census?

Congress must extend the deadline for the count.

#census, #census-bureau, #constitution-us, #daines-steve, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-aid-us, #house-of-representatives, #mcconnell-mitch, #murkowski-lisa, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #sullivan-daniel-scott-1964, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Federal Judge Blocks, For Now, Further Winding Down of the 2020 Census

The Census Bureau had begun ending its count in places where it considered its job done. But a lawsuit claims that stopping now will result in a flawed count.

#census, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #koh-lucy-h, #league-of-women-voters, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #trump-donald-j

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The Politics We Don’t See Matter as Much as Those We Do

Party strategists pay a lot of attention to redrawing district maps — and hope you won’t bother to think about it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2018, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Supreme Court Won’t Ease Oregon’s Referendum Rules During the Pandemic

The court’s order in effect blocked a ballot measure intended to address partisan gerrymandering.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #oregon, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #referendums, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us

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Trump’s Census Shenanigans Have a Nefarious Purpose

But history has a way of confounding those who think they can control it.

#census, #constitution-us, #elections-house-of-representatives, #federal-taxes-us, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #slavery-historical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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At the Census Bureau, a Technical Memo Raises Alarms Over Politics

A directive orders experts to find ways to tally undocumented residents. Some fear the end result will be a skewed allotment of seats in the House of Representatives.

#census, #census-bureau, #cogley-nathaniel-t, #commerce-department, #house-of-representatives, #illegal-immigration, #korzeniewski-adam, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment

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After Census Bureau Announces Early End to Its Count, Fears of a Skewed Tally Rise

With 60 million households still uncounted, the bureau said it would wrap up the survey a month early. Critics called it a bald move to politicize the count in favor of Republicans.

#census, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration, #maloney-carolyn-b, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #trump-donald-j

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New Census Worry: A Rushed Count Could Mean a Botched One

Stalled by the pandemic, the count is supposed to resume soon. But census experts are rattled by signs of a push from the White House to finish it early.

#census, #census-bureau, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment

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Trump Seeks to Stop Counting Unauthorized Immigrants in Drawing House Districts

Critics described the move as unconstitutional and a transparent attempt to help Republicans.

#census, #census-bureau, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republicans in Missouri Are Trying a New Kind of Gerrymandering

A Missouri initiative would undo voters’ preference for nonpartisan legislative districts — and perhaps shift representation itself.

#american-legislative-exchange-council, #census, #clean-missouri, #democratic-party, #hofeller-thomas-b-1943-2018, #missouri, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #rove-karl, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states

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Knocked Off Track by Coronavirus, Census Announces Delay in 2020 Count

The Census Bureau said it would extend the deadlines for collecting census data and would ask Congress for a delay in providing final counts used for congressional redistricting.

#census, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #united-states-politics-and-government

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This Is Not the Moment for Progressives to Despair

Disappointed supporters of Bernie Sanders can actually get a lot of what they want through the medium of Joe Biden.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #liberalism-us-politics, #northam-ralph-s, #politics-and-government, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #virginia, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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