Starting the Conversation on Redistricting

Redistricting is a process that occurs following the U.S. Census Bureau’s population count. This once-in-a-decade event of redrawing electoral maps can ultimately determine which party controls Congress. Click below to get up to speed on the states that will lose and gain seats, and why redistricting has a history of controversy in many states.

Click below to get up to speed on the states that will lose and gain seats, and why redistricting has a history of controversy in many states.

So Here’s the Question

At your next gathering or in a group chat, use these questions to spark a discussion:

  • If you were in charge of overseeing the redistricting process, what would be three changes you would immediately make? What do you believe is working well that you would want to preserve?
  • Should the federal government have more oversight in this process?
  • What are the pros and cons of federal preclearance for states with a history of controversy?
  • Should there be one way for redistricting that all 50 states should follow? If so, what should that look like?
  • Of the four different ways the states redistrict, which one would you like to see your state use and why?
  • Which of the four redistricting practices is best for voters in your opinion? Why? Which of the approaches do you think is least effective and what are practical things that could be done to improve it?

Something to Consider

Here’s a taste of what people are saying about redistricting and gerrymandering. We’ve intentionally left out the commenters’ names so you can focus on the viewpoint itself, not the speaker’s affiliations.

As people sort themselves into these different locations, [districts are] going to get less competitive — you're going to have solid blue districts in the cities and solid red districts in rural areas."

The demographics would seem to favor Democrats as new state and congressional districts get drawn on the basis of the 2020 Census."

That’s what redistricting does, concentrate all the Democrats in one district, and then draw powerful lines from one little piece of [a city] out into the boondocks.”

People like to elect somebody who knows their culture, their language, and knows what they need.

Picking up new seats and stopping Joe Biden is going to have a high, high priority, even though they may pay a big political price down the road.”

This will shape the political landscape of Texas, and other states, for the next 10 years.”

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