As of last week, nineteen states are still without final districts. The redistricting process went smoothly and quickly in some states, but in others, maps are already in courts and others will be soon.
In Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer led a(n initially) successful charge to oust the chairwoman of the state’s independent commission. However, the Arizona Supreme Court overturned her decision, leaving some to speculate that the governor could still have her removed at a future date. Nevertheless, once finalized, many expect Arizona’s maps to be challenged in court.
Based on the 2010 Census figures, Texas gained four additional representatives in the House. However, last week a federal court rejected the legislature’s newly drawn lines, claiming they did not appropriately reflect Latino populations. This is nothing new, as Texas’ maps have been challenged in court every decade for the past half century.
With presidential primaries beginning in early January, time is running out for states to finalize districts ahead of 2012.