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What is the proper (non-"Gerrymandering") purpose of political districting?

I read some other posts here that discuss gerrymandering. It seems to me that I still have a question that these posts don’t answer, but I’m not at all sure that I can make it clear. But here we go. ...
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What reforms have successfully avoided the issues of Gerrymandering?

In democracies like the United States, Gerrymandering to construct districts with artificial boundaries such that incumbents and their parties are favored to win has been a long standing issue. While ...
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Why is redistricting not an automated process?

What is the reason that redistricting is not automatic? Is it just a legacy of a time when it was impossible? The definition of gerrymandering is: In the process of setting electoral districts, ...
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When redistricting California, who decides what Congressional District will be removed?

Since California has 53 Congressional Seats right now but will soon have 52. Who decides which seat will be removed? Since California is a Democratic State, will they lose a Democratic seat since they'...
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What happens to US representatives after a redistricting?

The US has a census every 10 years and the 435 seats in the House of Representatives are apportioned to reflect the population change. Sometimes states lose seats. New York state had 45 seats in the ...
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Are US Congressional districts required to be connected?

With all the talk of gerrymandering of late, I was looking up North Carolina's past election maps. And man, the 2016 map which caused the court case looks downright normal compared to some of the ones ...
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Do states still have to redraw districts even if reapportionment doesn’t affect them?

The US census has been completed last year and is currently being processed. As a result, states will gain/lose/hold electoral votes and hence members of their congressional delegation. Do states ...
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What do small cities with a large portion of university and college students do with redistricting?

So I'm in Burlington Vermont which happens to be the smallest largest city of the 50 US states. So it shouldn't be surprizing that the University of Vermont and another college are in this town. Now ...
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is Gerrymandering unconstitutional?

I know I've heard that racial discrimination when drawing district lines is unconstitutional. But where in the constitution does it say that, and are there other rules that gerrymandering has to ...
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Does the VRA require drawing districts for white people in majority-minority states?

Historically, the Voting Rights Act has been used to mandate the creation of seats where minorities can choose their Representatives, most noticably in the deep south. However, with demographics ...
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How could a US state, party or rep. go about the process of contesting the loss of a seat in the House of Representatives? (slim census margin)

The title of CNN's New York to lose House seat -- and an Electoral College vote -- after falling 89 residents short in census count sums up the situation as does Axios' States that voted for Biden ...
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Origin of gerrymandering phrase regarding politicians picking voters

Recently, I had a project involving studying the history of redistricting and gerrymandering. In my studies, I came across what appears to be a particularly common aphorism in redistricting academia. ...
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How could US Congress' H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2021 actually cost Black representation in the South by prohibition of partisan gerrymandering?

The New York Times' Manchin Vows to Block Democratic Voting Rights Bill and Preserve Filibuster includes the following passage: Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, praised Mr. Manchin, saying ...
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Who is in charge of county-level redistricting in each state?

Many counties elect commissioners, who represent a district within the county. Who is in charge of drawing these lines in each state? Note: Not looking for state level offices like the State House of ...
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Can Democrats ask/sue for more majority minority seats?

I was thinking about redistricting after the 2020 census. I was thinking specifically about the Deep South. I think what they could ask for is to draw extra black majority seats in multiple states ...