Pennsylvania Republicans threw a Hail Mary to the Supremes to halt having to redraw their Congressional map in a more reasonable way before next November. Justice Alito, not our favorite, said nope ya gotta do it.
This is very positive for Dems getting some measure of equity in a bluish/purplish state.
The Brennan Center for Justice has described the Pennsylvania congressional map as one of the worst gerrymanders in the country. Controlling the redistricting process in 2011, Republicans drew a congressional map that gave them a considerable advantage. In every election since that map was implemented, Republicans have won 13 of 18 congressional seats, despite winning just about 50 percent of the vote.
Wisconsin is waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on their shitty gerrymander and NC is also in the legal process. It has to be a tenet of a functioning democracy that the voters pick their representatives rather than the representatives picking the voters. That and making it easier to vote like MA is attempting. And franchising former felons like FL is putting on the ballot.
A measure to restore voting rights to 1.2 million Florida voters, excluding convicted murderers and sex offenders, will appear as an amendment on state ballots in November. State officials approved the measure last week after a grass-roots campaign collected 799,000 valid signatures from voters, as the Miami Herald reported.
Eventually every eligible voter should be registered automatically when they turn 18, or when they apply for or renew a driver’s license, as Oregon does.
The Oregon law — the first “automatic voter registration” policy to be tested in an election — is notable for a subtle innovation: It is opt-out, not opt-in. Rather than ask eligible residents to take an action like checking a box to register to vote, residents are automatically registered when they apply for, renew or replace a drivers’ license, ID card or permit at the state Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division.