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New voting districts, the citizens’ way

Posted on AllSides January 27th, 2022
From The Center
elections, gerrymanderings, congressional districts
Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP

For more than a few years, democracy watchdogs have expressed concern about the United States. The Economist Intelligence Unit, for instance, ranks the U.S. as a “flawed democracy.” Much of the concern is over the fairness of the voting process itself, such as access to voting and who verifies ballot counts.

Yet this focus misses a significant measure of civic renewal on another key aspect: the task of defining the community of voters who elect each legislator. As states finish up redrawing maps for new voting districts based on the...

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