HeadLocke No. 55: Downplaying politics in redistricting reform

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HeadLocke No. 55: Downplaying politics in redistricting reform

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Most debate about redistricting reform and gerrymandering focuses on the impact of partisan politics. One major political party uses its mapmaking power to disadvantage the other. Charles Blahous, J. Fish ad Lillian F. Smith chair and senior research strategist at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, says the partisan political angle limits the prospects for reform. Blahous recommends that reformers focus instead on developing a standard that limits the sizes and shapes of election districts. Mitch Kokai and John Locke Foundation President/CEO Kory Swanson chat with Blahous about his research and recommendations.

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