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Looks Like Texas is Havin some Redistritcing going on--New Bill *(HR-44)*

H.R. 44: Coretta Scott King Mid-Decade Redistricting Prohibition Act of 2019

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Sheila Jackson Lee
Representative for Texas's 18th congressional district. Democrat.

Should a state be able to redraw new congressional boundaries only a few years after they previously did, for the purpose of partisan gain?

Context
After each Census every 10 years, states redraw their congressional districts to maintain the district populations’ evenness, as well as adjust if any members need to be added or subtracted based on a state’s share of the national population.
However, on rare occasions a state will redistrict a second time within the decade. This is almost always done by a party gaining complete control of a state, and creating more favorable conditions for their party to win more of the state’s seats in Congress.
Neither party is immune — Republicans have done it in Texas and Democrats have done it in Georgia.

What the bill does
The Coretta Scott King Mid-Decade Redistricting Prohibition Act [H.R. 44] would ban redistricting at any time other than immediately following a Census.
The only exception allowed is if a federal court mandates a mid-decade redistricting in order to comply with the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act.
The bill was introduced on January 3 by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX18).

What supporters say
Supporters argue the status quo allows for partisan gain over fair and balanced districts.
“The need to safeguard our democracy — and the eternal principle of ‘one person, one vote’ — is a sacred responsibility,” Rep. Jackson Lee said in a press release. “Unfortunately, it has been under assault from various directions, including those seeking to marginalize the electoral voice of our fellow citizens.”
“As a Senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, the committee of jurisdiction for the Voting Rights Act, I am determined to ensure that the promise of our democracy is available to all,” she continued. “This includes guaranteeing that our legislative districts are not drawn in the middle of the decade, so as to leverage undue partisan gain.”

What opponents say
Opponents counter that, while mid-decade redistricting may sound bad, it’s within a state’s rights — and that barring the practice could have unintended consequences.
The 2006 Supreme Court decision League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry struck down an attempt to invalidate Texas’s mid-decade redistricting, in a 7–2 decision.
“In the absence of any other workable test for judging partisan gerrymanders, one effect of appellants’ focus on mid-decade redistricting could be to encourage partisan excess at the outset of the decade, when a legislature redistricts pursuant to its decennial constitutional duty and is then immune from the charge of sole-motivation,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority opinion.
“If mid-decade redistricting were barred or at least subject to close judicial oversight, opposition legislators would also have every incentive to prevent passage of a legislative plan and try their luck with a court that might give them a better deal than negotiation with their political rivals.”

Odds of passage
The bill has not yet attracted any House cosponsors. It awaits a possible vote in the House Judiciary Committee.
Although no identical version was introduced in the previous Congress, it was introduced in previous Congresses of 2015 and 2013, but never received a vote in the Republican-controlled Congress.
Another bill requiring redistricting only once every 10 years is the John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act [H.R. 130], introduced by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN5).

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Some New News Out of North Carolina
Here are a Few Lines in the Associated Press--> N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina’s elections director said Monday.

The director’s testimony came on the first day of a hearing into whether mail-in ballots were tampered with a in race for the state’s 9th congressional district seat that saw Republican Mark Harris narrowly defeat Democrat Dan McCready.

The race wasn’t certified, leaving the country’s only congressional election without a declared winner. The elections board is expected to either declare a winner or order a new election after the hearing.

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