Ohio’s 9th District is so thin that they actually drove to Lake Erie to monitor sea levels with respect to the contiguity of the district.
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.
Following the 2020 census, Democrats are likely to lose control of the House of Representatives due to GOP gerrymandering.
Wisconsin has one of the most egregious partisan gerrymanders. However, a repeat crime in 2021 can be avoided – with public input.
More than half of the states in the US are at serious risk of congressional districts being drawn to unfairly support one party.
The US Census Bureau’s has not yet released redistricting data and the delay may have an effect on Alabama’s Black community.
In the interchange between the national census and redistricting, the census is expected to lead to electoral maps that ensure equal voting rights.
Uncertainties ahead of this year’s redistricting cycle are only scratched by census data, partisan control of mapmaking, and legal battles.
The pandemic coincided with the census which decides each state’s share of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
There is no roadmap for how Biden’s Justice Department can preserve minority voting rights in the forthcoming redistricting process.
In the end, if no maps changed over the decade, Republicans would most likely have a narrow majority than the have now in Congress.