What is redistricting? And why should voters care?
Across the country this year, the nation’s political maps are being redrawn. Redistricting is a complicated, even arcane process, but one with a significant impact on the nation’s political landscape. It has the potential to affect which party controls political power in the U.S. House, and has significant implications for the political power of Blacks, Latinos and other demographic groups. It also has the potential to increase political polarization across the country.
In advance of a PolitiFact/Poynter webinar on the redistricting process (more information and registration) we’re offering a rundown of how redistricting works and how it will affect ordinary voters.
What are reapportionment and redistricting?
Every 10 years, following the release of the Census, the lines for U.S. House seats are redrawn, as are the lines for state legislative seats.