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GERRYMANDERING: OUR DEMOCRACY AT RISK RESOURCES

We asked our panelists to provide us with links pertinent to their talks, and additionally gathered material from our audience in the forum chat. We have organized these materials by topic and provide links to them all here.

WHAT IS GERRYMANDERING?

  • Our ClassACT gerrymandering primer Gerrymandering: Our Democracy at Risk, created by Ryan O’Connell, Jim Harbison, and edited by Sallie Gouverneur, outlines what gerrymandering is, how it occurs in key states, and what you can do to help. 

THE WAR ON VOTING RIGHTS

BATTLING BACK

JUDICIAL GERRYMANDERING

THE MATHEMATICS OF GERRYMANDERING

EDUCATE

  • Read our ClassACT gerrymandering primer, created by Ryan O’Connell, Jim Harbison, and edited by Sallie Gouverneur. It outlines what gerrymandering is, how it occurs in key states, and what you can do to help

SUPPORT

  • Fair Maps groups such as OneVirginia2021 focus on grassroots organizing and lobbying for specific legislation in the state where they are established.
  • People Powered Fair Maps is a national redistricting program of the League of Women Voters focused on creating fair political maps nationwide in all 50 states + D.C., in partnership with numerous other organizations.
  • The League of Women Voters has chapters throughout the nation. They have been instrumental in educating the public and lobbying to improve redistricting practices, among other governance issues.
  • Common Cause, which is more centralized, has also dedicated significant resources to studying gerrymandering issues in specific states and educating voters.
  • The Brennan Center for Justice, a law and policy institute at New York University School of Law, produces in-depth research on voting reform issues. The Center has recently published “The Redistricting Landscape, 2021-22” and “Why Congress Must Pass the For the People Act.”
  • The Princeton Gerrymandering Project lists the relevant organizations that focus on gerrymandering issues in each state. Just click on a particular state on the website’s map to find the appropriate contacts. The Project’s website also contains extensive information on gerrymandering issues.
  • All on The Line focuses on combating gerrymandering. Eric Holder, who served as Attorney General under President Obama, founded the organization.
  • The Virginia Public Access Project, a voter-approved constitutional amendment makes a bipartisan group of eight lawmakers and eight citizens responsible for drawing legislative districts

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