How Redistricting Changes U.S. Electoral Maps

Electoral redistricting. The process of creating cards to determine who represents you at the state and federal level.

Across the country, nonpartisan, bipartisan commissions — some made up entirely of citizens — are redrawing state election maps ahead of the 2022 midterms.

The idea is to get politics out of redistricting. So how is it going ?

Today, About: From Virginia to Michigan, we hear how redistricting is changing America’s electoral maps.


Doug Spencer, associate professor of law at the University of Colorado, Boulder. All About Redistricting Manager.

Michael Li, senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where his work focuses on redistricting, voting rights and elections. (@mcpli)

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Marcus Simon, delegate of the 53rd district of Virginia. (@marcussimon)

Tenisha Yancey, Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, serving in Michigan’s 1st House District. (@repyancey)

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Washington Post: “Opinion: No, Republicans aren’t hammering Democrats into redistricting. They’re doing something worse.” — “With redistricting now complete in just over half of the states, a misleading narrative has emerged that gerrymandering has not been so severe. Focusing on one narrow fact — that the overall distribution of seats between the parties may not change much — this story misses the full, much darker picture.”

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