Posted by Joe Sroka, Pasha Sternberg on June 06, 2011
With the completion of the 2010 Census, state legislatures are now in the process of completing the decennial redrawing of congressional, state, and local electoral districts. Unfortunately, the process of creating new boundary lines is highly partisan and often comes at the expense of voters. Legislators attempt to gain political advantages and protect incumbents by gaming the redistricting process and gerrymandering districts which often leads to legal challenges. A number of states are currently facing litigation over the redistricting process. In Nevada, for example, political gridlock caused the legislative session to end before the passage of redistricting legislation meaning the courts will be tasked with drawing the new lines. Likewise, Maine is facing a court order commanding the legislature to adopt a redistricting plan before the 2012 elections.