The issue of manipulating electoral boundaries for political gain is known as redistricting or gerrymandering. A working redistricting process attempts to redress a problem identified by the Founding Fathers: How to account for population changes over time. The system has fed an endless gerrymandering debate that today has become a total mess. There are constant lawsuits nationwide and especially during election periods.
To address this ongoing crisis, a debate as to the current law and finding a democratic way forward will take place between between Professor Richard L. Hasen from the U.C Irvine School of Law and Dr. Douglas M. Johnson, a Fellow at Claremont Mckenna College’s Rose Institute of State and Local Government. Claremont Mckenna College is a liberal arts school located in Claremont, California.
Billed with the title, “Drawing the Line on Gerrymandering: Where Do the Courts Go From Here?“, the debate will take place October 23, 2018 at the George E. Brown Jr. Federal Courthouse in Riverside, California. Federal Bar Association Board of Directors member Julius J. Nam, FBA will moderate. You can see further event details here.
Professor Richard L. Hasen is well known to Democracy Chronicles as an expert in election law and his amazingly daily work in the field can be followed at his website Election Law Blog. Dr. Douglas M. Johnson splits his work time serving as President of the National Demographics Corporation in addition to teaching at college. At the Rose Institute, he focuses on “research on Redistricting Reform, Census data use and analysis, and Geographic Information Systems”.