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The Brennan Center for Justice explored "Who Controlled Redistricting in Every State". Independent commissions and courts each drew around a fifth of the maps in this redistricting cycle. Twenty-six states passed maps mainly on a party-line basis. Investigate the data through articles Assessing the Redistricting Cycle.
One of the most challenging topics when trying to figure out where to draw lines is defining a community of interest. Howard Gorrell suggests ending gerrymandering by using school districts to draw electoral district maps. Is your school district in one congressional, state legislative, county commission, or city council district? Do you think that is important?
Wondering "whether increased accessibility of demographic data and geospatial tools will push official mapping processes to reflect more accurately the electorate in states across the country, or whether they will be manipulated to further skew district lines to favor one group"? Read observations in Political Geography.
REDISTRICTING RESOURCES FOR:
How can I engage with REDISTRICTING?
UNDERSTAND the US Census and the process for apportionment and redistricting
- Watch videos from the U.S. Census and GeoCivics
- Listen to the TEDx Talk, Redistricting of the people, by the people, and for the people
- Explore your state’s ‘On the Move’ lesson
- Answer questions about reapportionment and redistricting from Retro Report
KNOW THE RULES - be knowledgeable about YOUR state’s redistricting process
- Begin research on Ballotpedia
- Investigate state redistricting criteria defined by the National Conference of State Legislatures
DISCUSS key criteria for drawing electoral districts
- Do the Flashes of Insight activity online or use Draw The Lines PA's flashcards
EXPLAIN your community
- Draw and describe your community on Representable.org or DistrictR
CREATE your own congressional districts using a free online mapping tool
CRITIQUE existing maps
- Upload a map that you or somebody else created on PlanScore.org. Explore the Princeton Gerrymandering Project's redistricting report card. Investigate the Redist algorithms and tools.
SHARE your knowledge
- Encourage your family and friends to be active participants in the redistricting process
Please contact Rebecca Theobald in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies for more information.
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