Featured Article: “How Maps Reshape American Politics” by Nick Corasaniti, Reid J. Epstein, Taylor Johnston, Rebecca Lieberman and Eden Weingart
Every 10 years in the United States, after the census, the boundaries of voting districts are redrawn to reflect the changes in population. This process is called “redistricting” and it is happening this year. While it may seem straightforward in theory, in reality it is intensely political, and can alter the fairness of elections before any votes are cast.
In this lesson, you will use interactive graphics to learn about redistricting and how it can be manipulated through a practice called “gerrymandering” to preserve and expand political power. As you read, we invite you to consider the question: Just how fair is our current system?
You learned above that redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of congressional and state legislative…