ICYMI: Top stories of the week

‘Tis the season for Ballotpedia’s Holiday Cookie election!

It is once again time to elect this year’s official holiday cookie! A recall petition has been filed against our 2020 incumbent, the Sugar Cookie. Voters will decide two questions: whether Sugar Cookie should be recalled and, if so, which cookie should replace it. Cast your vote today!

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An introduction to wave elections

According to our definition, a U.S. House election cycle qualifies as a wave election if the president’s party loses at least 48 seats. Based on this definition, between 1918 and 2016, 11 wave elections took place in the U.S. House. Brush up on your knowledge of wave elections ahead of the 2022 midterms.

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In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that voters could use initiatives to create redistricting commissions

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled independent redistricting commissions created by voter initiative were constitutional. The case was Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, challenging Arizona Proposition 106, which had created a commission to handle legislative and congressional redistricting.

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Looking ahead to 2022 local elections

In Wednesday’s Brew, we took a look at next year’s local elections. Local election dates and deadlines are often unavailable until a few months until the election. Hence, we’re in the process of completing our 2022 local election research, but click below for a sneak peek at a few dates on the horizon.

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Washington Supreme Court accepts redistricting commission’s maps, Oregon’s maps finalized

The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Dec. 3 that it would not exercise its authority to enact new congressional and legislative district boundaries, meaning the boundaries adopted by the redistricting commission will go into effect. The Oregon Supreme Court announced that no challenges were filed to the state’s congressional map by the Nov. 29 deadline, meaning that those district boundaries will stand as enacted by the legislature. 

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