ICYMI: Top stories of the week

How you can use Ballotpedia to stay in the know on election day

At Ballotpedia, we want to make sure you have all the tools to vote with confidence. If you’re voting next Tuesday, or want to take a look at any upcoming elections in your area, get prepared by using our Sample Ballot Lookup tool!

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Monday was President’s Day—here’s a brief history

President’s Day is an annual federal holiday that falls on the third Monday of February. President’s Day always falls between George Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12). Monday’s edition of the Daily Brew gave a quick history about the holiday—and the presidency. 

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Upcoming candidate filing deadlines in Arkansas, Mississippi

Candidates seeking office in Arkansas and Mississippi have until March 1, 2022, to file to appear on a party’s primary ballot. Arkansas’ primaries are scheduled for June 21 and Mississippi’s for June 28. Arkansas and Mississippi are the eighth and ninth statewide filing deadlines to pass in 2022.

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Redistricting Update

North Carolina enacted new congressional and state legislative district maps on Feb. 23 after the Wake County Superior Court signed off on maps of the state’s 170 legislative districts approved by the Republican-controlled General Assembly last week.

The court rejected a congressional map supported by the legislature and instead adopted a plan proposed by a panel of court-appointed special masters. This panel consisted of three former state judges: Tom Ross (D), Bob Edmunds (R), and Bob Orr (I). North Carolina was apportioned 14 congressional districts following the 2020 census, an increase of one from previous years.

Pennsylvania finished its redistricting process on Feb. 23 after the state supreme court enacted new congressional district lines. Pennsylvania was apportioned 17 congressional districts following the 2020 census, a decrease of one from previous years.

The court chose from over a dozen submitted maps, including one proposed by the Republican-controlled state legislature. In a 4-3 ruling, the Democratic-controlled court ultimately selected the Carter map, submitted by a group of Pennsylvania citizens who were petitioners in a redistricting-related lawsuit.

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