Congressional Redistricting Update: 9 States Remain; Interactive Map Updated
By 270toWin Staff
February 16, 2022, 6:11 PM ET
Connecticut, Kansas and Washington finalized their congressional redistricting last week. Minnesota was completed Tuesday. These shapes, with initial ratings, have been added to the House Interactive Map.
Nine states, with 100 total districts, remain to be completed. This includes North Carolina and Ohio, where previously enacted plans were thrown out via legal challenge.
||The state is gaining a district. The state Senate overwhelming approved a plan; the state House has developed a couple proposals of their own. The process was temporarily put on hold after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) asked the Florida Supreme Court to provide an advisory opinion on whether District 5, the only Black opportunity district in the northern part of the state, must remain largely intact. On February 10, the Court ruled that it would not provide such an opinion. DeSantis has submitted two maps of his own and is threatening to veto any map that doesn't split District 5.
||The Republican-led Legislature is meeting in special session to create a redistricting plan. The state Senate passed a new map on February 8; the state House followed with one on February 10. There are minor differences between the two that will need to be worked out. However, the maps largely maintain the status quo. Democrats, including Gov. John Bel Edwards favor the addition of a second majority-minority district. If the governor vetoes a plan that reaches his desk, a two-thirds vote in each chamber would be required to override.
||The Missouri Senate continues to debate a map, passed by the state House, that largely maintains the status quo 6-2 Republican edge that was passed by the state House. Some conservatives in the Senate are pushing for a more aggressive map that would 'crack' Kansas City such that Democrat Emanuel Cleaver would have a difficult time getting reelected.
|New Hampshire (2)
||The Republican-controlled state House approved a map that would make District 1 more favorable for the party. The Senate has not yet taken action; GOP Gov. Chris Sununu has asked that chamber to modify the House map to make both districts more competitive.
|North Carolina (14)
||The state is gaining a district. Returned to the incomplete list after the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled the state's new congressional map was a partisan gerrymander in violation of the state constitution. The Court directed the Legislature to draw a new map by February 18. Lawmakers are proceeding with that effort, but also considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. A proposed new map from the state House was published on February 15.
||The state is losing a district. Returned to the incomplete list after the State Supreme Court invalidated the enacted plan, calling it an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. The legislature was unsuccessful in its attempt to redraw the map, punting the effort to the Ohio Redistricting Commission. The Commission will have 30 days, beginning February 14, to draw a new map.
||The state is losing a district. The Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court has taken over the redistricting process. Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough, a Republican, is serving as a special master in the process. She has recommended a map that was previously passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature but vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. A hearing will be held February 18.
|Rhode Island (2)
||Commission has approved a map with little change from the current one. The proposal easily passed both houses of the Legislature on February 15 and heads to Democratic Gov. Dan McKee for his signature.
||In November, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the map passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, passing the process to the State Supreme Court. The Court held a daylong hearing last month to consider various proposals.