The US midterm elections were historic in part because of the success of reforms to state redistricting processes. Citizens in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, and Utah passed initiatives that take control of redistricting US House districts out of the hands of state legislatures. Reformers went undefeated, and this is a major achievement on its own. However, the 2018 elections are likely to be far more consequential for the future of redistricting, fair representation, and political equality in America than an increase in the number of non-partisan redistricting commissions. We may be entering an era of major electoral reforms in the United States, unseen since the Civil Rights Movement (at LSEUS blog).
If we want to protect the integrity of scientific inquiry, we must protect democracy (at Scientific American)
Across the country this November, voters have an opportunity to improve the quality of U.S. elections in their states, and for the country as a whole (at The Equation).
The Center for Science and Democracy has released a new analysis, Building a Healthier Democracy: The Link Between Voting Rights and Environmental Justice, which demonstrates the negative impact of restrictive election laws on voter turnout across Congressional districts (see the report and our impact maps here).
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on something unanimously this week: The justices want nothing to do with solving the nation’s extreme partisan gerrymandering crisis.
What’s gone unsaid, however, is how the court itself helped create this mess — and why their latest dodge seems likely to make it even worse (at New York Daily News, with David Daley).
The Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-4 decision, has upheld a restrictive Ohio election law that initiates a process to purge eligible voters from its voter list if they fail to vote in a single election. A number of other states and localities have also implemented voter list purging tactics, and it is expected that this decision will result in additional states adopting more restrictive voter list purges (at The Equation).