Redistricting Roundup: Virginia legislature sends maps to governor's desk, inching closer to an on-time completion of the process
By Geoff Pallay
|Quote of the Week|
"I call this the Charlie Sheen version of redistricting. It's basically all about winning. It's winning for the incumbents who are already in power and winning for the parties in power - the Democrats in Assembly and the Republicans in the Senate. They draw these lines with that sole concern in mind."
Lawmakers in Arkansas completed their task of re-drawing the Congressional map. The highly contentious process ultimately concluded after much compromise when Governor Mike Beebe (D) signed the bill for the new map on Thursday. The map is generally viewed as maintaining the status quo, with critics pointing to the highly warped shapes of the 4 Congressional districts. The center of the debate was around whether to move Fayetteville from the 3rd to the 4th Congressional District. Ultimately, the city remains in the 3rd District.
California, embarking on a highly revamped redistricting process this year, has begun hosting public input hearings across the state. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold 67 meetings between now and July 2011, with the goal to garner public opinion on how new maps should look. Thus far, the state's process has been far from controversial, as partisan sides have already begun to cry foul. The commission hired a map-drawing consultant, as well as a legal firm to facilitate compliance with the Voting Rights Act. The hirings were criticized predominantly by some Republicans in the state, alleging that the commission is leaning too far left. However, Republican commission members maintained that the final maps will not be influenced by partisan interests.
|Total States with Lawsuits filed: 14|
|Next state deadline?|| Indiana|
|Maps submitted for vote: 14||MS (2), LA (3), AR (1), VA (2), IA (3), NJ (2), MO (1)|
|States that have completed Congressional Maps||2 (AR,IA)|
|States that have completed State Legislative Maps||2 (NJ,IA)|
|This week in redistricting|
Public meetings to gather input on redistricting have been announced by the legislature. Six meetings from May-August will take place across Wyoming. The committee also adopted principles for the process. No maps are likely to emerge until August at the earliest.