Wednesday, March 9, 2022

U.S. Redistricting Update 3-9-2022

Redistricting that has been Completed:

- For 369 of the 435 (84.4%) of U.S. House Districts.

- For 1,655 of 1,972 (83.9%) State Senate Seats.

- For 3,884 of 5,411 (71.8%) of State House Seats.

The Latest Redistricting News out of Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

U.S. Supreme Court - On March 7, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down Requests to decide Congressional Redistricting Cases, in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, leaving State Court-imposed Congressional Maps in place in both States.

The Court Upheld the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Feb. 23rd Ruling, that Selected the State’s Congressional Boundaries. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court took over Pennsylvania’s Redistricting Process after Gov. Tom Wolf (D) Vetoed the Legislature’s Map on Jan. 15th.

The Court Declined to Block North Carolina's Wake County Superior Court’s Feb. 23rd Ruling that Rejected the Legislature’s Congressional Map in favor of Court-imposed Congressional District Boundaries. Earlier, the North Carolina Supreme Court had ruled 4-3 on Feb. 4th, that the Legislature’s original Congressional Map, Passed on Nov. 4th, 2021, was Unconstitutional. The State Supreme Court gave the Legislature until Feb. 18th to draw a New Map.

The Supreme Court’s Ruling in the Case was Unsigned, meaning the Court did Not reveal the Decision’s Author. Justice Brett Kavanaugh, wrote a Concurring Opinion that Agreed with the Decision, Not to Intervene and also stated that, given the Petitioners’ concerns, the Court should hear Oral Arguments and decide the Case next Term. Justice Samuel Alito, issued a Dissenting Opinion to the Court’s Order, which Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch joined.

Florida - The State Supreme Court, Approved the Legislature’s New State District Boundaries on March 3rd. The State Senate, Approved the Maps 34-3 on Jan. 20th. The State House Approved them 77-39.

State Legislative Boundaries in Florida are passed via a Joint Resolution, are Not subject to Gubernatorial Veto, and are Automatically submitted to the Florida Supreme Court for Approval.

Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Supreme Court Approved Gov. Tony Evers’ (D), New Congressional and Legislative District boundaries on March 3rd. Previously, in November 2021, Evers Vetoed Legislatively-Approved Maps that had Passed both Chambers along Party Lines.

The State Supreme Court took over the Process because of a September 2021 Ruling, in which it Agreed to decide New Districts if the Legislature and Governor Failed to do so. On Nov. 30th, 2021, the Court announced, it would seek to make as Few Changes as possible, to the Current Legislative and Congressional Maps adopted in 2011, and invited Evers, Lawmakers, and Others to Submit New Map Proposals.

The Court accepted Evers’ Proposal 4-3 because, according to Justice Brian Hagedorn, who wrote for the Majority, “The Governor's proposed senate and assembly maps produce less overall change than other submissions.”.

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