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Introduction to Redistricting in Kansas

 

Video Resources

This slide presentation to the League of Women Voters Topeka-Shawnee County members and community partners presents the basics of congressional and legislative redistricting in Kansas. Learn about redistricting — the basis for fair votes — and how you can get involved in the process.

Not sure how gerrymandering works? Two words: packing and cracking. Both are used to gerrymander election districts to favor one group over another. We see how gerrymanding works in this clever demonstration, Pennies vs. Dimes. This is an excerpt from the documentary Line in the Street by Robert Millman. Presented here with permission.

What are your communities?  How do you describe them to decision makers?  Then what?

What are your communities?  How do you describe them to decision makers?  Then what?

Additional Resources

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2021 Redistricting Advisory Group

House Committee on Redistricting

Kansas Legislative Briefing Book 2021, Kansas Legislative Research

Apportionment 101 and Why It’s Important, U.S. Census Bureau

Census Law and Terminology Related to Redistricting

2012 Essex v Kobach opinion

2012 Technical Committee Rules

External Resources

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Coalition Hub for Advancing Redistricting through Grassroots Engagement (CHARGE Hub)

Princeton Gerrymandering Project

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Redistricting Guide