Political parties use census data to argue for redistricting. Redrawing districts for an advantage is known as gerrymandering. It contributes to polarization by putting more liberal or more conservative areas into the incumbent party's district.
In North Carolina, the battle over redistricting has been ongoing, with minority voters fighting for representation. The creation of majority minority districts resulted in the election of less Democrats.
Republicans control redistricting in many states, leading Democrats to challenge gerrymandering in court. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against federally enforcing partisan gerrymandering, leaving it for the states to decide.
Credits: Gerrymandering Tilts Political Power. Here's How Redistricting Affects Democracy.
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Every decade, after each United States census, states engage in redistricting, the redrawing of congressional and state legislative boundaries. This process often becomes politicized, with district lines drawn to create partisan advantages and disadvantages, a tactic known as gerrymandering.
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