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Why do we Redistrict?

We may assume that electing legislators from districts is mandated under the U.S. Constitution, but we’d be wrong.  Until 1967, states could and did elect Congressional representatives from combinations of single, at-large and multi-member districts.   The 1965 Voting Rights Act prohibits voting practices and procedures that dilute the ability of minority voters to elect candidates …

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How do we Draw the Line?

One of the hallmarks of a racial and partisan gerrymandering is the existence of unusual or bizarre-looking districts. The Colleton Court in the 2001 statewide redistricting litigation declared that traditional South Carolina districting principles required that “districts should be as compact as reasonably possible” (at 647). Judges across the nation have ruled districts not reasonably …

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