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Keeping up with current litigation on redistricting can be a challenge. The Brennan Center for Justice provides background on redistricting and representation.  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.


Listen to a discussion between Former President Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley, Jr. about redistricting and gerrymandering in October of 1990.  "... I think there should be a bi-partisan commission appointed every ten years to redraw the districts to reflect what are the changes in population and so forth.  Instead, when you leave it to the legislatures, it's a conflict of interest." Explore this episode of Firing Line at minute 2:10.



How can I engage with REDISTRICTING?

  1. UNDERSTAND the US Census and the process for apportionment and redistricting
  2. KNOW THE RULES - be knowledgeable about YOUR state’s redistricting process
  3. DISCUSS key criteria for drawing electoral districts
  4. EXPLAIN your community
  5. CREATE your own congressional, state legislative, or local districts using free online mapping tool
  6. CRITIQUE existing maps
  7. SHARE your knowledge
    • Encourage your family and friends to be active participants in the redistricting process
Students exploring Ohio Giant Map and Flashes of Insight Activity
Where can I find more details about the redistricting process in my state?

Please contact Rebecca Theobald in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies for more information.

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