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About Redistricting

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What is redistricting?
Redistricting is the process of redrawing local, state, and congressional electoral districts in response to new census data to ensure that the districts have equal numbers of people.  Beginning in 2011, all states will start the process of reviewing newly released census data to determine how to redraw electoral lines to ensure compliance with the constitutional mandate of one-person, one-vote.


Why is redistricting important?

  • Redistricting applies to all electoral boundaries. 
  • Redistricting often has a major impact on who wins elections, and so it affects all types of legislative decisions, such as passing laws, providing funding, and approving projects within your community. 
  • Revised district boundaries usually remain in effect for ten years and citizen participation in the redistricting process is needed to ensure that the new boundaries provide fair electoral opportunities for all.


Read more: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Voting Rights Project’s Redistricting Program


2010 Census Redistricting Data

2010 Census Interactive Redistricting Data Maps

2010 Census Advance Group Quarters Summary File



A Media Guide to Redistricting

Source: Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law


A Citizen's Guide to Redistricting (2010)

Source: Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law


Designing P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data for the Year 2010 Census: The View From the States

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (September 2004)


The Dawn of Do-It-Yourself Redistricting?


Redistricting in America, A State-by-State Analysis

Source: The Rose Institute of State and Local Government (April 21, 2010)


Strength in Numbers: Your Guide to Census 2010 Redistricting Data

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



AEI-Brookings Project on Redistricting

Americans for Redistricting Reform

Black Population in the United States: 2009 (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

Brennan Center for Justice

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
National Conference of State Legislatures

Public Mapping Project

Race and Redistricting (Source: National Black Caucus of State Legislators)

Redistricting in America

Redistricting Law 2010

Redistricting the Nation

Section 5 Resource Guide (Source: U.S. Department of Justice)

Washington Post's Mapping the Future



Many states not quick on the redraw

As Redistricting Begins, Racial Gerrymandering Follows Black Migration

Blacks’ migration to suburbs will have big impact on congressional redistricting

Black voters move to the suburbs

The decline of the majority-black district, and what it means

Census 2010 Offers Portrait of America in Transition

Where to count prisoners poses redistricting dilemma

Black populations fall in major cities

There Comes a Time When People Just Have to Set Boundaries

Software opens up redistricting

The top 10 states to watch in redistricting

'Packing' and 'cracking' at redistricting center

Governments Open Redistricting to the Public

In a reversal, more blacks moving back to South, census data show

Drawing the Lines

CBC braces for redistricting

Redistricting 'newbies' may complicate process

The Dawn of Do-It-Yourself Redistricting? Online Software Puts Redistricting Tools in the Hands of the Public

Do-It-Yourself Congressional Redistricting

Our view on redistricting: Politicians picking voters

South Draws U.S. Blacks

From loading dock to downloading

Redistricting 101: Eight facts about redrawing the US political map

Civil Rights And Civic Engagement Organizations Issue Joint Statement On Reapportionment Data

All 10 States Losing Congressional Seats Tilt Democratic

As Seats in Congress Shift, Redistricting Looms Large

Don't Believe the Reapportionment Hype

Census results to spark map fights

Portrait of America 2010

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