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Making Voting Maps Fair

Solutions Journalism Network

"One person, one vote." This phrase originated from a 1960s Supreme Court ruling requiring states to draw legislative districts equally, in accordance with the national census taken every ten years. However, while the idea that every individual's vote should have equal importance seems like a foundational component of democracy, the requirement to draw districts of roughly equal population has not ensured that every vote has equal weight in our political process.

Today, lawmakers across the United States are in hot water for drawing voting maps that favor their own political parties, a process known as "gerrymandering." The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard cases from Wisconsin and Maryland, and already this year federal and state courts have struck down gerrymandered districts in North Carolina and Pennsylvania as unconstitutional. Amid the court cases, citizen groups are assembling and proposing more fair ways of determining districting.

Voters are leveling the playing field through their collective action. This collection includes several stories that highlight working solutions in the fight against partisan gerrymandering.

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