As mapping tools have become more sophisticated and elections have become less competitive, partisan gerrymandering has become a critical issue across the country. There is no shortage of information about gerrymandering and how it affects our democracy.
This section offers a library of select resources that will help you learn more about the issue.
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Statistical and Data Resources:
Redistricting Reform Groups:
Redistricting in other states:
Wikipedia: Various commissions across the US.
Ballotpedia: Challenges to the systems.
Ballotpedia: How states go about redistricting .
Gerrymandering Information Groups:
In Depth Reports:
Atlanta Magazine: How redrawing districts has kept Georgia incumbents in power.
Brennan Center: A Citizen’s Guide to Redistricting
Center for American Progress: Redistricting and Representation: Drawing Fair Election Districts Instead of Manipulated Maps
Common Cause: Restoring Voter Choice
Washington Post: Five Myths about Gerrymandering, by Ari Berman, March 8, 2018
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Redistricting Gives GOP Key to Political Power in Georgia, by Alan Judd, May 27, 2017
US News and World Report: Possible Effects of Gerrymandering Seen in Uncontested Races, by David A. Lieb, June 25, 2017
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Democracy Divided Should Not Stand, by Bill Torpy, August 23, 2017
The New Yorker: Drawing the Line, by Elizabeth Kolbert, June 27, 2016
Videos and Podcasts:
EmpowerMap Presentation: The Problems Caused by Rigged Districts, by Brian Cannon, OneVirginia 2021 Executive Director
EmpowerMap Presentation: Legal Efforts to Fight Gerrymandering, by Emmett Bondurant, Partner, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LL
Five Thirty Eight: The Gerrymandering Project
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Gerrymandering
Georgia Public Broadcasting: On Second Thought: Prof. Kerwin Swint on GA Gerrymandering (October 16, 2017)
Harvard University: Conference on Redistricting Reform (November 8, 2017)
Common Cause NC: Common Cause and NC Citizens file suit, October 2017
OneVirginia2021: GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy On Its Head
CBS Sunday Morning: Drawing the Lines on Gerrymandering (January 14, 2018)
National Constitution Center: Gerrymandering and American Democracy (January 4, 2018)
99 Percent Invisible: Gerrymandering (March 20, 2018)
Duke University: Reason, Reform, and Redistricting
On Democracy's Doorstep: The Inside Story of How the Supreme Court Brought "One Person, One Vote" to the United States, J. Douglas Smith (2014)
Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy, David Daley (2016)
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, Carol Anderson (2018)