States Face Redistricting Battles

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Current Events
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A Voting Sign Outside a Polling Place. Credit: McGraw-Hill Education

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story takes a look at more problems encountered by some states that have been trying to redraw their state congressional district borders.

Ever since President Trump’s inauguration in January, the relationship between the United States and North Korea has gone rapidly downhill. Last week, tensions came to a head when Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, threatened each other with nuclear war. Here, Election Central takes a look at how and why things went so quickly from bad to worse.Have you ever heard the term “gerrymandering”? What does it mean? Basically, each state is divided into legislative districts. Each district sends a representative to the House of Representatives. Ideally, the percentage of representatives of each party (Democrat or Republican) should correspond with the percentage of Republican and Democratic voters in the state. Therefore, if a state with five districts is 60% Democratic and 40% Republican, it should ideally be represented by three Democrats and two Republicans, right?

To learn more about this story, click here to visit the Election Central Web site and read the full posting.

Credit: McGraw-Hill Education

Credit: McGraw-Hill Education