Is Gerrymandering Forever?

Source: In These Times
by Katjusa Cisar

“States redraw their electoral maps every 10 years (the next time being 2021) based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Congressional districts all represent roughly the same number of people (about 700,000), so population changes demand the districts be reviewed after the new census data comes out. The redistricting process itself is a balancing act of retaining geographic compactness, respecting existing boundaries (such as county lines and school districts), following federal laws (against racial discrimination, for example) and trying to keep communities with shared policy interests grouped together. … The process in Wisconsin leaves the once-a-decade job to state legislators, but [Michael] Nichols focused in on a bill to amend the state constitution to instead designate a nonpartisan body to draw up electoral maps. ” (07/21/21)