The Latest on Redistricting
Redistricting Cases and Actions
CLC filed suit against the U.S. Census Bureau under the Freedom of Information Act, seeking access to documents about the Bureau’s efforts to use state driver-license records to help estimate how many adult U.S. citizens live on each census block in the nation.
CLC filed an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case concerning the mandatory partisan balancing of Delaware’s state courts. The court’s decision could have ramifications for partisan-balance requirements in a wide variety of other federal and state government entities, including those responsible for overseeing electoral issues.
Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment to create an independent redistricting commission to redraw the state’s voting districts. Two groups of plaintiffs sued to block its implementation. CLC serves as co-counsel for the Defendant Voters Not Politicians, a nonpartisan, citizen-led organization that worked to pass the constitutional amendment, and is defending its constitutionality.
A strong majority (60%) of Democrats, Independents and Republicans support the creation of independent redistricting commissions to take voting map drawing out of the hands of self-interested politicians.
Though redistricting has always been a problem in American politics, the outsized role of partisanship in the redistricting process has received unprecedented attention across the nation since 2010. We want to arm legislators, good government advocates and activists with the knowledge needed to design an independent redistricting commission for state legislative or congressional districts.
CLC is challenging the city of Virginia Beach's at-large city council election system under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as it unlawfully dilutes the voting strength of minority voters and prevents them from electing their candidates of choice.