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Redistricting Reform

Voters Could See Two Redistricting Reform Choices on November Ballot

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.04.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Two years after a lawsuit backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan kept a citizen-led redistricting reform effort off the ballot, Madigan himself voted...

Shock: Simon Poll Finds Majority of Illinois Voters Support Right-To-Work

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.10.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

If constitutional amendments for redistricting reform and term limits are placed on the November ballot, they'd likely get a friendly reception from t...

Scalia's Death Gives Hope To Voting Rights Advocates

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The death of Justice Antonin Scalia left many Supreme Court decisions up in the air. In particular, a set of decisions on redistricting ...

What Is Legislative Redistricting? Well, Let Me Tell You...

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you believe that legislative redistricting reform is the greatest and most needed political reform in Illinois government today, as I do, you also have to face the reality that communicating your belief to the voting public is a monumental challenge.

Governors Of Different Parties Realize Redistricting Is Screwed Up

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two governors have the same problem: Their states are heavily gerrymandered, giving one party a disproportionate share of seats in the ...

Shaw: The best way to honor Topinka is to implement her idea

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Though Illinois' late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka won't serve the term she was elected to in November, her views could still make an impact on the o...

Is Fishiness Afoot in Redistricting Reform in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Was there something fishy going on when the state board of elections raised questions about whether the redistricting reform campaign had enough valid signatures to get on the November ballot?

Fight Illinois Corruption: Say Yes to Independent Maps

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.15.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

If you've been looking for something you can do to stem corruption in Illinois, boost fairness and return power to the people of Illinois, this is your chance. Sign on. Sign up. Grab some signatures of your family, friends and neighbors. Talk it up.

For California Republicans, Stunt Politics Worked for Awhile and Then Backfired (Yet Dems Can Still Blow It)

William Bradley | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

With Republicans in such profound disarray, can Democrats still screw up their opportunity for ongoing dominance?

Hope for Redistricting Reform in Ohio

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Daniel Moulthrop

The point in all of this is that the redistricting we got this last time around was shameful and appalling but not criminal. It should have been, however. We can do better, and now is the time when we can begin to do better.

The 'Slow Boring of Hard Boards' in an Era of Limits

William Bradley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

This month has brought some more progress on the chronic California budget crisis, the beginning of some results for reform efforts, and, as the state Republican Party continues its devolution, telling early returns on the appeal of independents.

Redistricting Gratification, Delayed

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Editorial boards across New York have called upon Governor Cuomo to veto the gerrymandered districts likely to be adopted by the state legislature. But calls for a veto at this stage miss the real point of redistricting reform.

Draw the Line and Start Meaningful Dialogue With Redistricting

Leah Rush | Posted 07.19.2011 | Chicago
Leah Rush

Most states put the power to draw district lines solely in the hands of the state legislature. If we can lift the veil of secrecy that enshrouds the redistricting process, we can kickstart a more meaningful dialogue.

Redistricting Rorschach

Ashley Calloway | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ashley Calloway

It's that time again, folks. The information from this year's Census will be used to create districts for the State Senate, the State Assembly and the US House that will remain for the next decade.

California Political District Reform: Citizens Draw New Political Boundaries, Not Politicians

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

State officials Thursday selected a handful of everyday Californians to tackle the politically incendiary task of redrawing the state's voting distric...

Redistricting Reform in Florida

Alan Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Fein

In Florida, gerrymandering has been regular practice by both parties for generations. But, on Election Day, Constitutional Amendments 5 and 6, designed to limit the power of legislators to gerrymander, were approved by over 62 percent of Florida voters.

The Arnold Factor

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Schwarzenegger has less than seven months left in the governorship. He's strictly a lame duck, right? Well, no. Schwarzenegger may have a big role to play in the general election.