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Congressional Redistricting

Dan Konik

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled federal courts cannot judge if extreme partisan gerrymandering violates the constitution. 

Updated 7:45 p.m. ET

In a 5-4 decision along traditional conservative-liberal ideological lines, the Supreme Court ruled that partisan redistricting is a political question — not reviewable by federal courts — and that those courts can't judge if extreme gerrymandering violates the Constitution.

The ruling puts the onus on the legislative branch, and on individual states, to police redistricting efforts.

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

A high-ranking Census Bureau official privately discussed the citizenship question issue with GOP redistricting strategist Thomas Hofeller in 2015, according to emails cited in a new court filing in the legal battle over the potential census question.

Updated on June 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET

The way Thomas Hofeller talked about redistricting — the drawing of political boundaries and the sifting of voters into buckets — you could be forgiven if you assumed he was speaking about a loved one or a favorite holiday.

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he group that sued over Ohio’s Congressional district map says there’s still time to draw a new one for next year's election if lawmakers are ordered to do that, even though the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday delayed a lower court’s order to do so by June 14.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a stay that says Ohio and Michigan do not have to draw up new Congressional district maps until after two rulings expected next month. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let congressional redistricting procedures proceed. 

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A federal court has denied Ohio’s request to delay new congressional map drawing.

The three-judge federal appeals court  panel that ruled Ohio's Congressional district map unconstitutional has denied a request from the state to delay their order to draw a new map next month. 

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Ohio’s Congressional district map is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, after a panel of federal judges ruled it’s unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor one political party.

Cleveland State University

Ohio is seeking to stay an order requiring a new congressional map be drawn by next month after a court ruling found its Republican-drawn congressional districts unconstitutional.   Ohio's Attorney General filed an appeal Monday on behalf of GOP Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Republican legislative leaders.  

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Republicans say they will appeal a federal ruling that orders Ohio to draw a new congressional map for the 2020 elections. 

Updated at 5 p.m. ET

A federal court in Michigan says that the state's Republican-controlled legislature unfairly drew some of Michigan's state legislative and U.S. House district lines and that a divided government will have to come up with new boundaries.

A panel of three judges said that 27 of 34 challenged districts diluted the weight of people's votes and that every challenged district is unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on the question of whether there's any limit on what the courts can impose on partisan redistricting, also known as gerrymandering, with Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the newest member of the court, appearing at least somewhat conflicted.

"I took some of your argument in the briefs and the amicus briefs to be that extreme partisan gerrymandering is a real problem for our democracy," Kavanaugh told the lawyers arguing the case, "and I'm not going to dispute that."

Partisan gerrymandering is back at the U.S. Supreme Court.

A year and a pivotal justice's retirement after the high court dodged the question, those seeking to break the political stranglehold over legislative redistricting are urging the justices to draw a line beyond which the Republican and Democratic parties cannot go in entrenching their political power, sometimes for decades at a time.

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A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has denied a request by the state to delay a federal lawsuit seeking the redrawing of congressional district lines ahead of the 2020 election. 

Republican Ohio Attorney General and Govenor-elect Mike DeWine  has filed a motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to force the state to redraw its 16 congressional districts in time for the 2020 election. 

National Democrats have doubled their spending for state legislative elections in an attempt to chip away at the Republican dominance in state capitols. 

Judges in North Carolina on Tuesday said that despite declaring the state's electoral map to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered for partisan reasons, there wasn't enough time for the map to be redrawn before midterm elections in November.

"We further find that imposing a new schedule for North Carolina's congressional elections would, at this late juncture, unduly interfere with the State's electoral machinery and likely confuse voters and depress turnout," Judges James Wynn Jr., William Osteen Jr. and W. Earl Britt wrote in their order Tuesday.

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Republican Troy Balderson eked out a narrow victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor in the 12th Congressional District special election Tuesday, in a race to complete the remaining three months of former Representative Pat Tiberi’s term.

The U.S. Supreme Court punted Monday on its biggest decision of its term so far. The justices had been expected to rule on the limits of partisan gerrymandering.

Instead, the court sidestepped the major issues on technical grounds, sending the issue back to the lower courts for further examination.

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio voters this month approved an overhaul of the congressional redistricting process. 

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Voters overwhelmingly approved the congressional redistricting measure Tuesday. 

The Ohio Republican Party voted last night to join Democrats in endorsing the legislature's congressional redistricting plan going to the ballot in May. 

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The Ohio Ballot Board has approved placing before voters in May a congressional redistricting plan.

Even as Democrats and Republicans spend 2018 vying to win key races around the country, a larger legal battle underway this year could reshape the American political map — literally.

By June, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to decide three major redistricting cases — out of Wisconsin, Maryland and Texas — that will lay some of the foundation for what the maps will look like, not just this year, but after the 2020 census that could affect control of Congress for the next decade.

The state of those legal cases and other key ones (that could affect 2018 and 2020) are below.

Ohio Public Radio

A deal has been reached on a Congressional redistricting plan. 

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Closed-door negotiations between citizens' groups and state lawmakers over competing Congressional redistricting plans broke down last night without procuding an agreement. 

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An Ohio Senate committee is considering a congressional redistricting plan devised by legislative leaders. 

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Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to change the congressional redistricting process are opposing a competing plan from state lawmakers.  

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