Category: State

  • Redistricting committees appointed, adjourned, and change in Ohio, New Mexico, and Utah

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    Here’s a summary of recent redistricting committee updates from Ohio, New Mexico, and Utah. In Ohio, the state legislature announced members of the Joint Committee on Redistricting, which will be holding two hearings on congressional redistricting proposals before the Nov. 30 deadline for map enactment. The committee’s members are Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R), Sen. Rob…

  • Redistricting timeline update: Georgia begins special session, New Hampshire and Ohio redistricting efforts delayed

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    Here’s a summary of recent redistricting updates from Georgia, New Hampshire, and Ohio. Georgia: The Georgia State Legislature convened for a special session focused on redistricting on Nov. 3, 2021. Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan (R) said he expected the legislature to agree on and pass state legislative maps quicker than congressional maps. “[State legislative…

  • Nine state legislative seats changed party hands on Nov. 2

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    On Nov. 2, 2021, control of at least nine state legislative seats flipped from one political party to another. Eight of those seats flipped from Democratic to Republican control and the other flipped from Republican to Democratic control. There are 14 outstanding races still to be called, so these numbers could still change. The nine…

  • Iowa, Massachusetts enact new district maps

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    Iowa enacted new congressional and state legislative maps, and Massachusetts enacted new state legislative maps, on Nov. 4. Nationwide, legislative redistricting has been completed for 444 of 1,972 state Senate seats (22.5%) and 1,243 of 5,411 state House seats (23.0%). In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signed new congressional and state legislative maps into law…

  • Independence Institute submits signatures for Colorado initiative targeting the 2022 ballot to lower the state income tax rate

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    On Oct. 29, 2021, the Independence Institute of Colorado reported submitting over 216,000 signatures for an initiative targeting the 2022 ballot to decrease the state’s income tax rate from 4.55% to 4.40%. The Independence Institute describes itself as a free-market think tank with a mission to “empower individuals and to educate citizens, legislators and opinion makers…

  • Seven incumbents lose in state legislative elections on Nov. 2, bringing the total for the year to 15

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    At least seven state legislative incumbents lost their re-election campaigns on Nov. 2, 2021. All seven of those legislators were Democrats—five in Virginia and two in New Jersey. This brings the total number of incumbents defeated in the 2021 elections to 15. Incumbents ran in 203 of the 220 state legislative elections this year, meaning…

  • Special election primaries to be held in Louisiana state legislative districts

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    Special election primaries are being held on Nov. 13 for one seat in the Louisiana State Senate and two seats in the Louisiana House of Representatives. The winners of the special elections will serve until Jan. 8, 2024. * In Senate District 27, Dustin Granger (D), Jake Shaheen (R), and Jeremy Stine (R) are running…

  • Alabama, North Carolina enact new congressional, legislative district maps

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    North Carolina and Alabama enacted new congressional and legislative maps as part of the 2020 redistricting cycle. In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed proposals for both congressional and legislative maps into law on Nov. 4. The state Senate approved the Senate map on Nov. 1 with a 25-7 vote, and the state House approved…

  • Texas voters approve all eight constitutional amendments

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    All eight constitutional amendments in Texas were approved on Tuesday.  With 100% of precincts reporting, Proposition 1 was approved with 83.82% of the vote. The amendment authorizes professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct raffles at rodeo venues and includes professional association-sanctioned rodeos in the definition of a professional sports team. Proposition 2 was approved…

  • Results for Ballotpedia’s top 15 ballot measures to watch in 2021

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    A total of 39 statewide ballot measures were certified for the 2021 ballot in nine states. Fourteen were approved, and 10 were defeated. Ballotpedia also covered 156 local ballot measures. Below are Ballotpedia’s top 15 most notable ballot measures on the Nov. 2 ballot: nine statewide measures and six local ballot measures. Statewide ballot measures…