Redistricting is one of the most critical aspects of our democracy. It ensures that all votes are counted equally, and everyone has an equal say in government. Many people believe that the person who should be in charge of redistricting is also the person who draws the lines on the map. However, this is not always the case. In some states, a redistricting expert is hired to do just that – draw the lines fairly and without bias.
Should the expert on redistricting also draw the lines?
It depends on the state. In some states, drawing lines is left to an expert who can draw them reasonably and without bias. Some of these experts have a political background and are mathematicians, geographers, etc. Other times, redistricting is done by lawmakers themselves, who may be influenced by their political agendas and partisan interests when drawing the lines. This can result in districts that do not reflect the population evenly or have strange boundaries for no apparent reason – for example, a snake running down the middle of a state rather than following natural geographic borders.
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