The Nebraska Legislature redistricted the 2nd Congressional District after the 2010 Census numbers were released last year.
Paul Landow, Professor of Political Science at UNO, says the Legislature flip flopped Sarpy County voters.
He says formerly the Eastern part of South Sarpy County, which had more Democrats, was part of the 2nd Congressional District. The Western part of that county held more Republicans and was part of the 1st Congressional District.
On Monday the US Supreme Court threw out three of the four sections of Arizona’s state-level immigration policy.
Darcy Tromanhauser, Director of Nebraska Appleseed’s Immigrant Program, says the 4th section, which requires police to check the citizenship status for any person lawfully stopped, detained or arrested, is still subject to civil rights questions that are coming up through the courts.
When Douglas County began its redistricting process, the election commission had a meeting with 25 people from the community who had concerns over the changes. Dave Phipps, Douglas County Election Commissioner, says the Omaha Community Coalition was formed from that initial group. Phipps has met with the coalition three times. He says the first meeting was a get to know you session to find out their thoughts and concerns.