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States grapple with compressed redistricting timelines

A lawsuit filed this week over Illinois' new legislative district lines is a preview of what's sure to be a litigious and tense second half of the year for mapmakers.

While Illinois has made more progress than most states, the redistricting process in the Prairie State is far from over. Full census data has not yet been released due to delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, many states are facing impossible redistricting deadlines — some of them constitutionally mandated. If adjustments aren't made soon, courts will have to step in and draw temporary maps for upcoming elections.

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With the For the People Act going nowhere in the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer should work on passing one of its most important components, writes Johnson.

With election reform stalled, Senate should prioritize anti-gerrymandering

Johnson is executive director of Election Reformers Network, a nonprofit founded by international election specialists to promote electoral improvements in the United States.

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Put your mapmaking skills to the test in this redistricting competition

Calling all amateur mapmakers: This contest is for you.

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project launched the Great American Map-Off on Saturday, challenging the public to draw congressional maps for seven key states: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The goal is to raise awareness about partisan gerrymandering and the redistricting process as states prepare to redraw their congressional and legislative maps later this year following the release of updated population data from the Census Bureau.

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Five key stories about democracy

It's been a busy week for democracy reformers, with the For the People Act appearing to die in the Senate, Republicans threatening to break ranks, and Rep. Liz Cheney losing her leadership post despite her conservative credentials.

But there was so much more. Here's a sampling of stories you may have missed.

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