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Deeds, not words, show Obama is not the reformer he's sounding like

Gorrell is an advocate for the deaf, a former Republican Party election statistician, and a longtime congressional aide. He has been advocating against partisan gerrymandering for four decades.
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Rita Bosworth

"The hardest part of this work is acknowledging you will always be walking uphill both ways, and maintaining the mental toughness and hope required to keep doing it," says Rita Bosworth.

Meet the reformer: Rita Bosworth, pushing for blue-tinged mapmaking reform

After a dozen years as a federal public defender, Rita Bosworth and three colleagues started the Sister District Project the week after the last presidential election. She is now CEO and has watched its campaign volunteer roster swell to 45,000 and its fundraising for Democratic state legislative candidates crest $2.8 million. While the group's work is overtly partisan, its objective is aligned with one of the democracy reform movement's main goals. Turning statehouses more blue this fall, Bosworth argues, will lead to less partisan gerrymandering and a fairer redrawing of legislative and congressional boundaries for the 2020s. Her answers have been edited for clarity and length.

What's the tweet-length description of your organization?

A grassroots political nonprofit that organizes volunteers in progressive communities and "sisters" them with Democratic state legislative candidates in other parts of the country who need resources to win.

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The single transferable vote explained.

How multimember districts could end partisan gerrymandering

Eckam is a Texas software developer and graphic designer. Last year he self-published "Beyond Two Parties: Why America Needs a Multiparty System and How We Can Have It."

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Arkansas redistricting reform blocked from November ballot

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a redistricting reform measure from the November ballot, dashing the hopes of anti-gerrymandering advocates who hoped to achieve multiple wins this fall.

Siding with Republican Secretary of State John Thurston, the high court rejected the petition submitted last month by Arkansas Voters First because of an error with the state-mandated criminal background checks for petition canvassers.

That leaves Virginia as the only state left with a redistricting reform measure on the ballot. Reformers in other states had pushed anti-gerrymandering initiatives this year, but they ultimately fell short of signature thresholds or were defeated in court. These campaigns represented the last change for meaningful change until 2030, as states will begin their decennial mapmaking process next year.

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