Pennsylvania politicians have begun the process of redistricting, which will have major impact on voters and who they elect to Congress.
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.
In the last decade, Dave’s Redistricting App (DRA) has grown in popularity among groups looking to create their own redistricting maps.
In 2008 Californians formed an impartial citizens panel to prevent partisan gerrymandering. That board’s transparency should be improved.
Students are outlining how redistricting will impact future generations and are highlighting the need of having their opinions heard.
Republicans have backed legislation in some of the most diverse states that might make it more difficult for some people to vote.
New states are needed in part to provide proper representation to people whose votes are perversely weighted due to their state’s size.
Interviews reveal a flurry of ongoing discussions over whether to make wholesale or more incremental changes to the new maps.
Indiana is one of 34 states that delegate redistricting authority to the state legislature. This situation presents a conflict of interest.
The For the People Act reflects a desire by activists to reassign congressional redistricting from legislatures to independent commissions.
In his memo on the For the People Act, Joe Manchin proposed as policy: “Ban partisan gerrymandering and use computer models.”