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Americans for Redistricting Reform

Americans for Redistricting Reform is tracking redistricting related developments across the United States.

A Citizen's Guide to Redistricting

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law's comprehensive Citizen's Guide to Redistricting explains the various processes and criteria that govern redistricting across the fifty states.

Midwest Mapping Project

Dr. Michael McDonald, one of the principles of the Public Mapping Project, published the Midwest Mapping Project Report, which analyzes the potential effects of various redistricting criteria on state legislative and congressional districts in five Midwestern states. The report illuminates how these criteria may potentially affect redistricting in other states.

Public Education Forum Discussion of the Citizen's Guide and Midwest Mapping Project

On Oct. 22, 2009 a public forum was held in Chicago, IL where materials from the Citizen's Guide and the Midwest Mapping Project were discussed. Links to video from the forum are below.

Gerrymandering: A Documentary Film

Now showing at film festivals across the country, scheduled to be in theaters the fall of 2010, and will be released on DVD in early 2011, the Gerrymandering documentary film lays out the pathologies of partisan gerrymandering whereby districts are drawn to favor politicians, not the public.

AEI-Brookings Project on Redistricting

This joint project is an effort to encourage communications and lesson-sharing among those engaged in redistricting reform initiatives around the country. It will promote public participation, greater transparency, and a more open process by formal redistricting authorities.

Prisoners of the Census

An advocacy group pressing for the reallocation of prison populations from prisons to where prisoners consider their home.

The Redistricting Game

The University of Southern California's Game Innovation Lab has created this fun and informative redistricting simulation which teaches how redistricting works.

National Conference of State Legislatures' Redistricting Profiles

The National Conference of State Legislatures, working with Minnesota's Geographic Services, has compiled redistricting laws and points of contact for the fifty states.

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice or District Court of DC are required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to assess - for special "covered" states - if a redistricting plan negatively affects minority representation. All states must adhere to Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires the creation of special majority-minority districts in certain circumstances. The Department of Justice describes these important rules in detail.

Redistricting the Nation

Azavea, the software company developing our software's user interface, has created this district look-up tool for congressional and state legislative districts.

Census Bureau's Redistricting Data Program

The Census Bureau's Redistricting Data Program is an essential source of geographic and population data for redistricting.