In Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, decided a week ago on March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court reversed and sent back the lower court decision. The federal district court had thrown out a challenge to Alabama’s 2012 redistricting. That court held that the redistricting was not a racial gerrymander. The Supreme Court said the lower court used the wrong standard.

All three propositions on the New York State ballot passed on Tuesday. Supporters of the measure to change the redistricting process say the vote shows New Yorkers are hungry for reform.

New York Ballot Has Three Amendments

Nov 3, 2014

There are three amendments on Tuesday’s ballot for New Yorkers to decide, including changing redistricting and whether to borrow $2 billion for school technology.  

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Next month, voters will decide whether they want to change the way redistricting is done in New York, by voting on a ballot amendment that would change the state’s constitution. But there are difference of opinion over whether the amendment actually gets rid of gerrymandering, or not.

Reform Groups Split Over Redistricting

Sep 23, 2014

Reform groups are split over the merits of a November ballot item to change the way new legislative and congressional districts are drawn in New York.

Last week, New York State Supreme Court Judge Patrick McGrath struck down proposed language for the upcoming Proposal 1, which is a referendum question that amends the state constitution to change the state redistricting process.  The vote on Proposal 1 will be on the ballot this November.

8/20/14 Panel

Aug 20, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, NYPIRG Legislative Director Blair Horner, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
ISIS beheads U.S. Journalist
Battle over redistricting in NY
Common Core losing ground in U.S.?

Supporters of a November ballot amendment on redistricting say the amendment will help prevent rampant partisan gerrymandering when the next district lines are drawn in the New York Senate and  Assembly. The groups Citizens Union and League of Women Voters are making voters aware of the amendment and giving them reasons why voters should approve the measure.

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Government reform groups are split over whether an amendment on the November ballot to change the way legislative district lines are drawn is an improvement, or will make only make gerrymandering worse.

New Yorkers will get to vote on three proposals to change the state’s Constitution this November.  An important question being voted on is a plan to change the way redistricting is done in New York.  This past week, the state Board of Elections approved the language of the ballot question that will be put before the voters.