Even during times of national stress, America’s structural shortcomings have a disproportionate impact on populations of color.
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.
Detailed population data that state legislatures and redistricting commissions need to redraw congressional lines won’t arrive.
Ethics provisions play a role in increasing public trust and promoting transparency and accountability in the redistricting process.
Brennan Center for Justice reported new projections of high risk of racial discrimination in 2021-2022 redistricting cycle in South.
What would happen if states stopped equalizing districts’ total populations and started equalizing their voting age populations?
Push to end partisan gerrymandering is yet to see a satisfactory outcome. Expert opinion suggests deal in Congress to end the practice.
Congress also has the chance to pass the For the People Act, which includes requiring IRCs for Congressional elections.
Carroll G. Robinson, law professor, attorney and Democratic activist, took time out from his hectic schedule to do an email interview.
Now voting rights groups are sounding the alarm about future gerrymandering — the redrawing of congressional districts to heavily favor one party.
People who live in states where their legislatures determine voting districts could live under gerrymandered maps until 2031 unless reform happens now.