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Redistricting Process

Redistricting Process

REDISTRICTING COMMISSIONS

FlagTwenty-one states have a redistricting commission that draws up the plan, advises the legislature on drawing up the plan or acts as a backup if the legislature fails to draw up the plan for legislative districts

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REDISTRICTING WEBSITES

laptopMost state maintain redistricting websites to help keep legislators, staff and the public and informed throughout the redistricting process.

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REDISTRICTING TOOLBOX

meetingRegardless of the size of your state, we all have issues and objectives in common when going through the redistricting process

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REDISTRICTING GUIDELINES

booksGuidelines can help legislative committees and commissions understand limits and goals in the redistricting process. They can also lead to unreasonable expections. How do you find the right balance?

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OVERVIEW | PROCESS

Every ten years, once they receive detailed census data, state legislators nationwide begin redrawing state legislative and congressional districts.  Primarily, state legislatures are charged with the painstaking task of redrawing state legislative and congressional districts to meet equal population requirements using new census data. Because redistricting is governed by a voluminous body of state and federal laws, it is a complex exercise.  Although every state is constitutionally required to undergo redistricting, not every state completes the process the same way.

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