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Voters casting their ballots at a polling place in Carrollton, Ohio. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Ohio voters approved a redistricting reform ballot measure Tuesday that will change how congressional districts are drawn, a move advocates say would curb excessive partisan gerrymandering.

The details: The new process, which had overwhelming bipartisan support, will go into effect in 2021 when the next round of redistricting takes place. While it still puts redistricting in the hands of lawmakers, the measure would prevent one party from having overwhelming power over the redrawing and approval of electoral lines. Ohio is said to be one of the most pro-Republican-gerrymandered states in the country.

How it works: When the legislature draws new maps to align with 2020 U.S. Census figures, it will now need three-fifths support from each chamber and at least one-third from the minority party.

  • If lawmakers fail to approve a plan, the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission would take over the process and create either a 10-year map with minority consent or a four-year map without.

The backdrop: This comes as some states are locked in major redistricting battles over extreme partisan gerrymandered maps, and grassroots campaigns in others to limit political redistricting. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide two cases by June that could, for the first time, impose constitutional limits on gerrymandering.

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Hispanic lawmakers are openly lobbying to have New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham be named Health and Human Services secretary, according to a letter obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: These members are now following the example some Black lawmakers have used for weeks: trying to convince Joe Biden his political interests will be served by rewarding certain demographic groups with Cabinet picks.

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This fascinating map is made by Alasdair Rae of Sheffield, England, a former professor of urban studies who is the founder of Automatic Knowledge. It shows world population density in 3D.

Details: "No land is shown on the map, only the locations where people actually live. ... The higher the spike, the more people live in an area. Where there are no spikes, there are no people (e.g. you can clearly identify ... the Sahara Desert)."

Biden's Day 1 challenges: The immigration reset

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President-elect Biden has an aggressive Day 1 immigration agenda that relies heavily on executive actions to undo President Trump's crackdown.

Why it matters: It's not that easy. Trump issued more than 400 executive actions on immigration. Advocates are fired up. The Supreme Court could threaten the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and experts warn there could be another surge at the border.