Legal battles over redistricting maps continue into the new year

Rep. Dan Eubanks, a Republican in the Mississippi state House of Representatives, examines a copy of the House redistricting map. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

Every 10 years, political lines are redrawn across the country based on the U.S Census Bureau data, typically by state lawmakers, leading to a host of legal battles over the new maps.

The 2020 census data was released in 2021 after a months-long delay due to the pandemic. By the end of 2022, every state had a new congressional map, but legal challenges to the redrawn districts, some of which allege discrimination against people of color, have continued into the new year.

“It’s a state by state fight,” Dan Vicuna, the national redistricting manager of Common Cause, a voting rights organization, told Yahoo News. “In this country, there’s a long history of using the redistricting process to discriminate against people of color or to discriminate against voters

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