Gerrymandering

A group trying to get a statewide vote on establishing an independent redistricting commission in order to prevent gerrymandering has withdrawn its initiative petition.

People Not Politicians Director Andy Moore said the short time left to gather signatures amid a spike in coronavirus cases is too great a hurdle to overcome.

In the wake of the US Supreme Court's Common Cause v. Rucho case which ruled that gerrymandering cases are a non-justiciable issue, citizen grassroots efforts have emerged to use other means to prevent partisan gerrymandering and other voter suppression efforts. These locally organized efforts have led to initiative petition victories to create non-partisan redistricting commissions in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Utah, expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in Idaho, and restored voting rights for former felons in Florida and Alabama.