Democracy Wire

Read more from our staff and guests, along with news stories and commentary on the issues that matter.
Thumbnail for the Voting and Elections issue bucket

Gerrymander Gazette - June 3, 2016

June 8, 2016

Legislators’ revenge in Arizona and New Jersey, an invitation to sue in North Carolina, and great progress on reform in Illinois and Virginia make it clear that this will not be a quiet summer on the redistricting front. Let’s see how things are looking.

Thumbnail for the Voting and Elections issue bucket

Important victory after string of losses in redistricting reform

June 30, 2014

House Speaker Michael Madigan scored a major court victory on Friday for the state’s power brokers. But if you look deeply, there’s a clear silver lining for the people of Illinois. Two proposed state constitutional amendments, one to impose term limits on legislators and the other to wring politics from the state’s legislative redistricting process, were tossed off the November ballot after a Cook County judge ruled them unconstitutional.

Thumbnail for the Voting and Elections issue bucket

Illinois judge: No to term limits, redistricting measures

June 27, 2014

Measures that would allow Illinois voters to decide on term limits for legislators and a new political redistricting process can’t appear on November’s ballot, a Cook County judge ruled Friday, in a decision that could be a setback for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva decided the measures didn’t meet constitutional requirements and ruled them invalid. Attorneys for the term limits group vowed to appeal.

Take Action

The Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

Tell Congress to fix the court’s bad decision!

Take action.


Give Today