Redistricting Materials and Tools

Redistricting Materials and Tools

  1. The Impact of Redistricting in Your Community: A Guide to Redistricting (2010)
  2. National Council of State Legislature, Redistricting 2000 Deviation Table (prepared 2004)
  3. Wisconsin State Legislature, Redistricting Words and Phrases
  4. Southern Echo, Manual for Pushback Network Redistricting Training School, August 20-22, 2010
  5. May 2009 South x Southwest Experiment Census and Redistricting Training Manual
  6. English-Spanish Edition – May 2009 South x Southwest Experiment Census and Redistricting Training Manual

Redistricting Materials and Tools Documents



The Impact of Redistricting in Your Community: A Guide to Redistricting (2010)
This comprehensive analysis of the tools and skills to create fair political districts includes analyses of the law, court decisions, which state and local jurisdictions are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the mechanics of the redistricting process, and a glossary of terms, all couched primarily in easy-to-understand plain language. The Guide also touches on the current unfolding political battles over felony disenfranchisement, where prisoners ought to be counted for census and redistricting purposes, and why it is essential that persons who are not citizens or who cannot vote ought to be counted in the census and accounted for when drawing political districts. Make sure that the information about your state provided at the end of the Guide is up-to-date.
National Council of State Legislature, Redistricting 2000 Deviation Table (prepared 2004)
This table of the 50 states shows for the 2000 congressional and state legislative redistricting plans the “ideal size” or “norm” for each district, and the extent to which the plans in each state deviated from the “ideal size” or “norm” for the districts. The table includes both the percentage of deviation and range of people from the norm. This table illustrates the different legal standards for deviation from the “ideal size” for the US Congressional districts (as close to “0” % deviation as possible) and the state legislative districts (less than 10 % deviation).
Wisconsin State Legislature, Redistricting Words and Phrases
The glossary of terms and phrases created by the Wisconsin State Legislature is a very useful tool to understanding the jargon used by community people, attorneys, cartographers and demographers, social scientists and public officials when they are talking or writing about the political redistricting process.
Southern Echo, Manual for Pushback Network Redistricting Training School, August 20-22, 2010
Using the 2010 census count data, the 2011 redistricting by political bodies of the state, county, municipal, school board and judicial offices will impact the distribution of political power and control of public policy in all communities. This training Manual focuses on understanding how low-wealth grassroots communities can work together to become the architects of policy, rather than objects of policy, in order to create fair political districts to obtain accountable political representation. The manual, with many graphic representations, highlights the principles of law and the mechanics of redistricting, and reviews the strategic techniques used historically to dilute minority voting strength.
May 2009 South x Southwest Experiment Census and Redistricting Training Manual
The 2010 census and 2011 redistricting will impact the distribution of political power and public funds in all communities. This training Manual focuses on understanding how communities can work to generate an accurate census count and create fair political districts to obtain accountable political representation and fair distribution of public funding resources.
English-Spanish Edition – May 2009 South x Southwest Experiment Census and Redistricting Training Manual
The 2010 census and 2011 redistricting will impact the distribution of political power and public funds in all communities. This training Manual focuses on understanding how communities can work to generate an accurate census count and create fair political districts to obtain accountable political representation and fair distribution of public funding resources.

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