Legislation to end the practice of prison-based gerrymandering in New York, included within the 2011 state budget, passed both the Senate and Assembly last week. Once Gov. Patterson approves the budget package, the bill will go into effect in time for next year's redistricting efforts.
National Popular Vote Victory in Massachusetts Adds Momentum to Changing Presidential Vote System
Last week, the Massachusetts Senate passed National Popular Vote (NPV) legislation by a 28-10 vote, a little more than a month after the state’s House of Representatives approved NPV by an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority.
Last week, Delaware became the second state in the country to
that would adjust US Census data to count incarcerated people as
residents of their home addresses for redistricting purposes. It is
currently waiting for Gov. Jack Markell’s signature.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court ended its term with a bang with a ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicagothat state gun control regulations can be struck down by federal courts based on the Second Amendment. While the number and scale of blockbuster decisions was not so high this session, the singular impact of the Citizens Unitedcase earlier in the term unleashing unregulated corporate money on elections, combined with the dangerous implications of the Rent-A-Center, West v. Jacksonarbitration decision, emphasizes the pro-corporate bias the Supreme Court has increasingly exercised in recent years.
On June 7, the New York
Senate passed S2286A,
the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill, with over two-thirds of both
political parties supporting the bill in a 52-7 roll call. Although it
has received bipartisan support ever since it was first introduced in
2006, the overwhelmingly bipartisan support it received during Monday's
vote was unprecedented. Twenty-two of the Chamber's 30 Republicans
voted for the bill, not far off from the 79%
support in New York for a national popular vote for