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By Ben Williams

Redistricting is a North Carolina state senators reviewing congressional district maps during a legislative session in February 2016 in Raleigh. The session was called after a Federal District Court decision ordering that the maps be redrawn to address racial gerrymandering in the previous versions drawn after the 2010 census. Credit Corey Lowenstein/The News & Observer, via Associated Press complex and perplexing issue that begs a bagful of questions, including:

  • How should my state balance the Voting Rights Act, “One Person, One Vote,” state requirements of compactness, contiguity, preserving communities of interest, and on and on?
  • Should there be a hierarchy to these criteria?
  • How are they defined?
  • Should my state adopt new criteria, or eliminate existing ones?

Fortunately, NCSL is prepared fill you in on all things redistricting at Legislative Summit, Aug. 6-9, in Boston.

NCSL’s 2017 Summit will feature 11 sessions, get-togethers and working meals dealing directly with redistricting. Whether it’s how the legal landscape has changed with new U.S. Supreme Court opinions or how the census affects redistricting, there’s something for everyone to learn. Presenters include top attorneys at Perkins Coie and BakerHostetler, leadership from the U.S. Census and data experts from Politidata and Election Data Services.

Come join NCSL in America’s Revolutionary City and claim your spot as a redistricting expert.

Click here to register to attend NCSL’s 2017 Boston summit. 

Ben Williams is an intern in NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting program.

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