The book explains how America got into the current crisis and shows how to safeguard the revered ideal of one person, one vote.
Redistricting (Gerrymandering) articles on Democracy Chronicles
Redistricting, also known pejoratively as gerrymandering, refers to manipulation of the redrawing of districts to skew results towards a preferred party or candidate. With changes in population over time as cities grow and shrink, representative democracy requires adjusting border lines between electoral areas. For national elections, the U.S. Constitution outlines the need for a ten-year population count by census for national elections. The 50 states often have their own methods of redistricting. Also see our section on American democracy.
Several activists and average citizens have changed their communities and the country by taking important issues directly to votes.
Less than 8% of congressional districts, according to Cook Political Report, are expected to be competitive in the midterm elections.
Recently revised maps show a tiny net gain for Democrats, but re-apportionment still falls short of being even net proportional.
Since 2018 the number of women in Congress has steadily risen with the 2020 election bringing that number to an historic high.
The courts released a new slate of congressional districts Monday, which might help Republicans gain ground in this year’s midterms.
Thursday, the Missouri Senate approved a new congressional map, pushing a last-minute proposal through against Republican opposition.
The state Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled version after version of the congressional and state legislative maps unconstitutional.
One of the most powerful persons in politics for the next two weeks is a professor who has spent his career studying mapping.
The conversation comes as a wave of partisan gerrymandering has swept the nation, leaving districts uncompetitive, incumbents in place.