Dr. Michael McDonald, one of the principles of the Public Mapping Project, published the Midwest Mapping Project Report, which analyzes the potential effects of various redistricting criteria on state legislative and congressional districts in five Midwestern states. The report illuminates how these criteria may potentially affect redistricting in other states.
Public Education Forum Discussion of the Citizen’s Guide and Midwest Mapping Project
On Oct. 22, 2009 a public forum was held in Chicago, IL where materials from the Citizen’s Guide and the Midwest Mapping Project were discussed. Links to video from the forum are below.
|Redistricting 101: Justin Levitt, the Brennan Center for Justice|
|Section 1: What is it and when does it happen?|
|Section 2: Why should you care about it?|
|Section 3: Who actually draws the lines?|
|Section 4: Where do they draw the lines?|
|Section 5: How can you influence the census and redistricting?|
|Midwest Mapping Project: Michael McDonald, George Mason University|
|Section 1: Redistricting Criteria|
|Section 2: Redistricting Practicalities and Census Geography|
|Section 3: Census Geography and Election Boundaries|
|Section 4: Racial Communities|
|Section 5: Existing State Constitutional and Statutory Rules|
|Audience Questions and Answers|
|Section 1: See Link for Description of Questions|
|Section 2: See Link for Description of Questions|
|Section 3: See Link for Description of Questions|
|Section 4: See Link for Description of Questions|
Gerrymandering: A Documentary Film Now showing at film festivals across the country, scheduled to be in theaters the fall of 2010, and will be released on DVD in early 2011, the Gerrymandering documentary film lays out the pathologies of partisan gerrymandering whereby districts are drawn to favor politicians, not the public.AEI-Brookings Project on Redistricting
This joint project is an effort to encourage communications and lesson-sharing among those engaged in redistricting reform initiatives around the country. It will promote public participation, greater transparency, and a more open process by formal redistricting authorities.
Department of Justice
The Department of Justice or District Court of DC are required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to assess – for special “covered” states – if a redistricting plan negatively affects minority representation. All states must adhere to Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires the creation of special majority-minority districts in certain circumstances. The Department of Justice describes these important rules in detail.
Redistricting the Nation
Azavea, the software company developing our software’s user interface, has created this district look-up tool for congressional and state legislative districts.
Census Bureau’s Redistricting Data Program
The Census Bureau’s Redistricting Data Program is an essential source of geographic and population data for redistricting.