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Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Ohio Voter-Purge Law

Posted on June 11, 2018

By a 5-4 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a controversial Ohio voter-purge law.

It’s known as the “use-it-or-lose-it” law, and it’s the most aggressive voter-purge system in the country. The state currently strikes voters from the registration rolls if they fail to vote in two consecutive elections — and if they fail to return a mailed address confirmation form.

Those challenging the law said it violated the National Voting Rights Act, which says that a state cannot strike someone from the rolls for failure to vote. The emphasis is to get more people to vote — and not have them purged.

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Despite Trepidation, Redistricting Bill Progressing

Posted on June 11, 2018

After more than a year of on-and-off negotiation, the state Senate has moved a congressional redistricting overhaul to the floor of the full chamber.

However, the compromise measure is expected to undergo significant changes before it heads to the House as soon as next week.

As it stands, the bill would amend the state constitution to create an independent citizens’ commission made up of four Democrats, four Republicans, and three Independents.

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New U.S. Congressional Districts in Pennsylvania

On February 19, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued new district lines for the U.S. Congressional districts of Pennsylvania. The court reasoned that the new district lines are more geographically compact, moving away from the district lines that were thought to be gerrymandered. Take a look at the new map compared to the old map, along with explanations of what the changes mean for our area.

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Pennsylvania Congressional District Map 2018

New court-mandated districts for 2018 elections

 

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