A group of Republicans and Democrats have introduced a bill in the N.C. House of Representatives that would set up a nonpartisan redistricting process. House Bill 606, titled “Nonpartisan Redistricting Process,” would take redistricting power out of the hands of the legislators and turn that responsibility over to division of the General Assembly.… Read more ...
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A redistricting map recently submitted to the Minneapolis Charter Commission is drawing concern from members of the Minnesota Green Party.
The Citizens Committee for Fair Redistricting, a group which represents immigrants from Somalia and East Africa, drew the map which would move Minneapolis city Councilman Cam Gordon — the only Green Party member on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor-dominated 13-member City Council — into ward 9 forcing him to face-off against fellow Councilman Gary Schiff in the 2013 elections…
Dave Bicking, a spokesman for the Green Party said he doesn’t question the committee’s motive for drawing the map but is concerned that the DFL is supporting the map in an attempt to remove Gordon, who represents the University of Minnesota area, from the Council…
Besides the Charter Commission, the map was also sent to several DFL members including DFL chairman Ken Martin.
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Ballot Access News
Oral Argument Held in Oklahoma Case over Whether Redistricting Commission Can be Composed Only of Democrats and Republicans
February 16th, 2011
On February 16, an Oklahoma State Supreme Court referee heard oral arguments in Duffe v State Question 748, case no. 109127. This lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of a new Oklahoma law that the voters passed last year.… Read more ...
Here is the text of HR 453, the bill introduced on January 26 by North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler to require the states to use bipartisan redistricting commissions to draw boundaries for U.S. House boundaries. The bill has a special procedure for Nebraska, which has a nonpartisan state legislature.… Read more ...
Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Stephen Skacall:
Last year, I ran for State House as an independent. I did it because I felt that a lot of voices weren’t being heard in Oklahoma City. I received more votes, as a percentage, than any other independent candidate (and even some Democrats and Republicans) in the entire state, which I think shows that many voters feel the same way.… Read more ...
Dover resident Will McVay is chair of the Kent County Libertarian Party, and he thinks
Levy Court’s Democratic majority should take this redistricting cycle as an opportunity to involve minor political parties.
At Levy Court’s January business meeting, McVay, who gained notoriety during a failed run for the state House last fall, publicly asked commissioners to consider appointing someone who isn’t a member of either major party to the redistricting commission.… Read more ...
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All four members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission who are not members of the Democratic or Republican parties are decline-to-state voters, though at least two have had a prior affiliation with a third party.