HB 2857
Background and Procedural Information

H.B. 2857
was introduced on January 9, 2008 by delegates Overington, Lane, Sobonya, Sumner, Duke, Carmichael, and Blair. The proposed legislation provides for specific criteria that the State redistricting commission must follow when proposing district mappings.    

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?

The legislation does not explicitly provide for single-member districts.  

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?

The legislation explicitly states that voter history data is excluded from the mapping process and that the districts must comply with the United States Voting Rights Act.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The legislation is silent as to how the commission is to be formed, since it does not provide for a new method of commissioner selection.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

The legislation impliedly favors competitive districts by stating that districts shall not be created to favor a particular political party, an incumbent legislator or member of Congress, or any other individual over another.  

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?

Although the legislation does not provide for submission of plans by members of the public, it does require that the proposed redistricting maps be advertised and available for comment by the public for at least 30-days.  

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

No. The legislation provides that the redistricting committee shall collect the census data by December 31 of every year ending in zero, such that exclusive use of the decennial census is implied.   
October 23rd 2005
Who Should Redistrict?

The New York Times Magazine explains the dilemmas many states, including California, face as they attempt to create competitive and fair congressional districts. Dean Murphy cites FairVote's statistics.

October 15th 2005
Wamp fresh leadership for sagging Republicans
The Tennessean

According to FairVote's Ryan O'Donnell, the Republican party should seize the opportunity to embrace electoral reforms, and take the lead on ending gerrymandering.

October 5th 2005
Mapping the way to a better system
Boston Herald

Why Massachusetts should turn a critical eye towards gerrymandering. This article mentions Fairvote.

October 2nd 2005
Several states may change redistricting process
L.A. Times

Discussion of redistricting practices in California, Massachusetts and Florida. Mentions Tanner's bill.

September 25th 2005
Local GOP breaks with governor to oppose redistricting
Auburn Journal

An article about the debate over a proposal that would give a panel of judges the responsibility of redistricting

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