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Fantasy redistricting – Part I (Introduction)

In the political world, redistricting/reapportionment are the least understood parts of politics. This mystery is due to several factors: (1) this process is only undertaken once a decade upon release of the US Census population figures, (2) it is very much a politically charged exercise, and (3) only politicians (and their connected operatives) can really […]

Ground Zero: Is Baton Rouge City Court a test case for the Voting Rights Act ?

The issue of appropriate minority representation in the legislative and judicial branches of Louisiana government is one that has been litigated for decades, and that litigation has surfaced again, in light of the US Supreme Court’s repealing one of the provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The repealed provision (also known as “Section 4”) […]

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Reapportionment 2020 – early (January 2013) projections

Introduction Every 10 years, states are required to redraw their Congressional and legislative boundaries to reflect population changes that have occurred in the previous decade. Louisiana’s legislature participated in this exercise in the spring of 2011. There was definitely a time pressure to get a plan passed and implemented: Louisiana (and a handful of other […]

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