Political districts are redrawn every 10 years after the census to reflect population changes. The process is supposed to ensure fair representation of all residents. However, partisan “gerrymandering” often results when district lines are drawn by incumbent elected officials or state legislatures controlled by one party with the goal of providing an overwhelming advantage to that political party.
With our expert panel, we had an informed, nonpartisan dialogue about the legal, political, practical, and charitable routes toward fairer redistricting. We discussed what solutions could work better, and how funders can support a redistricting process that is independent, transparent and ensures that communities are fully and fairly represented locally, at the state level, and in Congress.