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By Ben Williams

Picture yourself sitting at your desk at the end of a long workday. A notification pops up saying critical updates are ready to be installed on your computer.

redistricting flag logoYou can either install the updates at that moment, or you can click “remind me tomorrow” and defer the task to another day. Which do you choose?

In many ways, redistricting is the “critical update” of American democracy—and, unlike your computer, putting it off isn’t an option. The U.S. Constitution, per the “one person, one vote” principle, requires that states redraw their electoral district lines every 10 years following the census. Is your state ready for this important task? And if not, what steps still need to be taken?

Whether this is your first, second, third, fourth or even fifth redistricting cycle, NCSL is your go-to resource to prepare for the task.

As part of that preparation, the Elections and Redistricting Program will host a post-conference on redistricting options for policymakers following the conclusion of the NCSL Capitol Forum in Phoenix next month.

This one-day post-conference will cover options available to policymakers who may want to consider changes to their states’ redistricting systems, including:

  • Data required to redistrict.
  • Criteria states use (or could choose to use) for drawing the lines.
  • Different types of commissions being used in various states and what’s good and not-so-good about them.
  • Processes states can use to handle public interest and educate the public. 

The best part? Attendance at the post-conference is free. No registration necessary—just show up at 11 a.m. on Dec. 12, ready to listen. Any and all are welcome to attend—but of course, we’ve geared the content toward legislators and legislative staff. All we ask is that you let us know you’re coming by emailing

We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix!

Ben Williams is a policy specialist in NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting Program.

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