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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Reapportionment, Redistricting, and Gerrymandering

HW due FRIDAY: Read 327-337 in Janda and complete the reading quiz.
Other due dates for reading quizzes:
337-345 (due Tuesday 2/14)
345-357 (due Thursday 2/16)



House & Senate Quiz: Please click on this link to access the House and Senate quiz.

House & Senate Quiz (Take Two)

House & Senate Quiz (Take Three)



Typically, we think that the voters are the ones that choose our elected officials. But, in actuality, it is the elected officials who are often the ones choosing the voters through a process known as gerrymandering. Today, we are going to take a look at reapportionment, redistricting, and gerrymandering.

What do you notice different about these two maps?

2002-2012 Missouri Congressional Districts


2012-2022 Missouri Congressional Districts



How did the 2010 Census impact Missouri's Congressional districts?

Reapportionment: the redistribution of Congressional seats (districts) based on the US Census results every ten years




Redistricting: The redrawing of Congressional districts every ten years (typically by state legislatures). Redistricting plans must follow certain federal guidelines, including relatively equal populations (Wesberry v. Sanders), as well as consideration of race and ethnicity.

Read the following articles to find out more about redistricting.
US Census Apportionment Video




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