Redistricting in Kentucky
Census data delivered to Kentucky.
Republicans controlled the state Senate and Democrats controlled the state House.
The legislature drew congressional and state legislative lines.
The legislature adopted a new state legislative redistricting plan as House Bill 1.
The legislature approved a new congressional redistricting plan, which was approved by Democratic Governor Steve Beshear.
The legislature’s map for the state legislature was quickly embroiled in litigation.
The court blocked the state legislative maps, holding that they violated equal population guarantees and unnecessarily divided counties. The court ordered that the state’s 2002 maps be reinstated until a new map could be put into place.
The General Assembly failed to produce a new redistricting plan and, as a result, Kentucky’s state legislative elections in 2012 were held under the 2002 legislative district lines.
The General Assembly again failed to pass a new redistricting plan in the regular legislative session.
Two federal lawsuits challenged the use of the 2002 district boundaries, alleging the districts were malapportioned and resulted in vote dilution in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.
A new redistricting plan was finally adopted in August 2013.
Voters have the opportunity to elect a new governor committed to fair maps.