After the OHIO Supreme Court rejected the Republican-dominated redistricting commission’s legislative maps a third time, the court ordered the commission to actually make a good-faith effort this time to work across the aisle and get something done. The commission hired two outside experts and actually seemed to be making progress… until Republicans picked up their ball and went home, opting instead to re-submit a slightly tweaked version of the third rejected map, which was quickly challenged in court.
Now, again, the state Supreme Court is asking: Tell us why we shouldn’t hold you in contempt?
It’s all part of the Republicans’ delay strategy -- which we covered here, and which, we now know, worked in their favor to secure gerrymandered congressional maps. The state Supreme Court has punted arguments over those maps for weeks, effectively meaning the challenged maps will be used this year.
A NEW YORK judge threw out Democratic-drawn congressional maps challenged by Republican voters as an unconstitutional gerrymander. On Monday, a state appeals court judge temporarily stayed the decision.
A panel of NORTH CAROLINA judges ruled 2-1 that it was unconstitutional to prevent people convicted of felonies from registering to vote while still serving probation or while on parole. The decision might allow tens of thousands of people to register, the Associated Press reports. For now, a promised appeal of the ruling has left things in limbo.
FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed the Republican-controlled legislature’s congressional districts and scheduled a special session to redraw the map. (The governor wants to eliminate two plurality-Black districts.)
Five Florida men face felony voter fraud charges for registering to vote despite owing a few hundred dollars in unpaid court fees.
After the LOUISIANA legislature overrode Gov. John Bel Edwards’ (D) veto -- the first such action in 30 years -- and passed gerrymandered congressional maps into law, Edwards’ suggested the state should be placed under federal supervision – i.e., preclearance.
Separately, an appeals court in that state ruled in the Republican attorney general’s favor, saying that state officials could not accept outside non-profit donations to fund election administration.
Civil rights groups quickly filed suit over the maps, which include only one majority-Black district out of six, even though Black Louisianans make up a third of the state’s population.