Gerrymandering or the drawing of electoral districts to favor one party over another party or to favor or disfavor an individual candidate is a common practice in both state and federal electoral district maps. Gerrymandering leads to minority rule, the polarization of legislatures and members of legislatures choosing their voters instead of voters choosing their elected officials. The course Is designed for policymakers and lawyers who wish to understand gerrymandering more deeply and participate in gerrymandering litigation or lawmaking.
Join us as we explore solutions to prevent gerrymandering through traditional redistricting methodologies and new approaches such as neutral drafting commissions, open process, publicly available data, and computer programs which may be used to create fair districts and to detect gerrymandering and overturn gerrymandered maps.
The course will also present the opposing view that gerrymandering is legal under U.S. law and that no methodology for redistricting can ever be truly neutral or allow a judicially enforceable standard.
9:00 – 9:15
The Problem of Gerrymandering and the Use of Redistricting Design Criteria to Restrain Partisan Gerrymandering
9:15 – 9:45
The Current State of Federal Law on Redistricting
9:45 – 10:15
Judicial and Legislative Solutions to Prevent Gerrymandering
10:15 – 10:30
The Importance of Compact Districts and Compactness Measures
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:00
How Gerrymandering Affects Democracy and the Challenge of Gerrymandering Reform Legislation
11:00 – 11:30
11:30 - 12:00
The Governor’s Redistricting Reform Commission
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch Included
12:45 – 1:45
How to Defend Proposed Maps
1:45 – 2:15
Discovery in Redistricting Cases
2:15 – 2:45
The Voting Rights Act and Redistricting
The U.S. Census and Congressional Districts
3:00 – 3:15
Q&A and How to Get Involved
All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.