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What is Redistricting in the United States

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Uploaded on Jan 10, 2012

Do you know what Redistricting is? Why does it have to be so political? In this video Donald Scarinci will explain what Redistricting is, and why its such a hot topic right now.

There's a lot being written about congressional redistricting in the news right now. That's because once every ten years, after the results of the Census are tabulated, every state needs to take a look at their state legislative and congressional districts and redistribute the population as evenly as possible in each of those districts. It is the concept of one man, one vote and it has been around since the constitutional convention of 1787.

As you guessed, since the population grows and shifts, the views that each representative takes to Washington are representative of a majority of the people who elect them. That means that who the voters of each district are determines what representative they will elect to send to Washington. Every ten years, after the census results are finalized who votes where becomes the question—what is the map? Until modern times state legislatures decided that. Even today in 35 states, it is the state legislatures that create the new voting map every ten years.

Politics, you say? Absolutely.

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