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Elections & Voting

Delaying ruling on partisan gerrymanders? Pros and Cons

April 3, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

For more than three decades, some members of the Supreme Court have thought the courts should do something to rein in the centuries-old practice of partisan gerrymandering – that is, drawing election districts to give one party’s candidates a clear advantage.  But none of the Justices have thought they knew what to do about it.

If an “extreme” gerrymander is invalid, what then?

March 28, 2018 By

A deliberate effort by Maryland’s Democratic leaders to take a congressional seat away from Republicans might be just the kind of “partisan gerrymander” that the Supreme Court could now be ready to rule unconstitutional. But would that clarify anything about how much partisanship in drawing new election maps is too much?

Legal fight begins over census citizenship question

March 27, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The state of California will sue the Trump administration over the upcoming 2020 census and its inclusion of a question about U.S. citizenship, California state attorney general Xavier Becerra said Monday night.

The Supreme Court hears the other gerrymandering case this term

March 27, 2018 By NCC Staff

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear its second gerrymandering or political redistricting case of its current term. This time, it is the Republicans who claim they suffered a First Amendment rights violation in Maryland.

Is the Pennsylvania congressional vote dispute now over?

March 20, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

In the space of about three hours on Monday, the intense, months-long battle over partisan gerrymandering in Pennsylvania elections this year for 18 members of the U.S. House of Representatives reached a pause, one that may well end it altogether.

GOP loses Pennsylvania voting fight in one court

March 19, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

In a unanimous ruling Monday afternoon, a three-judge federal court in Harrisburg, PA, threw out a challenge by Pennsylvania Republican officials and members of Congress about a new map for the election of the state’s 18 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Is one of the Pennsylvania voting cases doomed?

March 12, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

As the Supreme Court considers a stay request in one case, a federal trial court in Harrisburg, PA, is pondering a complex question of states’ rights that could end another case without a decision on who wins.

Pennsylvania voting dispute in limbo, for now

March 9, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The high-profile constitutional fight in Pennsylvania over voting for Congress this year will remain in limbo at least for the next few days, with no action at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., and a lengthy hearing but no decision in a federal court in Harrisburg, PA, on Friday.

Justices urged to see political impact of Pennsylvania voting case

March 5, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Two prominent leaders in Republican politics have urged the Supreme Court to consider the Pennsylvania redistricting case as a part of this year’s intense political battle for control of the U.S. House of Representatives – an issue outside the constitutional issues at stake.

Statewide elections for House seats in Pennsylvania?

March 2, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

A group of Democratic voters in Pennsylvania told a federal court on Friday that, if it barred the use of a congressional election map drawn up by the state’s Supreme Court, candidates seeking all 18 of the state’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives would have to run statewide rather than in 18 separate districts.

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