What is Redistricting?
Every 10 years, the U.S. government conducts a Census to determine the population of the country and where people live.
Census data is then used to redraw legislative districts for the U.S. Congress and state legislatures.
Each state is required to redraw their district lines to ensure that each district contains the same number of people.
This year, states are drawing new district lines that will be used for the next 10 years. This is referred to as redistricting.
What is Gerrymandering?
Gerrymandering is a term used to describe the practice of drawing district lines in order to maximize an advantage of a political party.
This means that important considerations, like keeping communities of interest together, are not taken into account.
You will often hear terms like packing groups of people into as few districts as possible, or cracking a community into as many districts as possible, in order to dilute their power and influence.
Campus communities are often targets of cracking, meaning that district lines often draw through or near colleges and universities.
Splitting these communities dilute college student voting power and influence with their elected officials.
Drawing Fair Maps
Fair maps should be drawn with input and guidance from the public. They should also take into account communities of interest, including colleges and universities.
We are encouraging college students to make their voices heard as part of their state's redistricting process.
Want this information in a printable, shareable format? Check out our state specific redistricting guides!
Community of Interest Map Drawing Webinar
Communities of Interest are groups or neighborhoods with shared interests that deserve fair, equitable, and just representation by elected officials. Drawing Community of Interest maps is a great way to think and learn more about what your community looks like! You can also submit your Community of Interest map to your state's redistricting officials so it can be considered as part of your state's redistricting process.
Check out our Community of Interest map drawing webinar, created by Megan Rickman Blackwood, a Campus Vote Project Redistricting Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Campus Boundaries Project
The Campus Boundaries Project is a service of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. The interactive tool allows users to see on a map where U.S. Congressional and state districts exist relative to college student communities of interest, where significant numbers of college and university students reside.
For guidance on how to use the tool check out this webinar.
Ohio Redistricting Documentary
Democracy Fellow Daniela Acosta at Columbus State Community College created a short documentary about Ohio's redistricting process.
Select Your State to view the Redistricting Fellows serving your communities
Junior, Western Michigan University
Redistricting Fellows work with Campus Vote Project and their campus and community leaders to engage their campus populations and surrounding communities in the redistricting process by educating college students about the importance of a fair, transparent, and just process, creating tools and resources that inform people about their state’s process, and providing a college student voice throughout the process.
Campus Vote Project's (then) Pennsylvania State Coordinator (now Midwest Regional Manager) Charles Black testified at a Pennsylvania Legislative redistricting public hearing on Tuesday, August 3, focused on considering colleges and universities as Communities of Interest as part of the redistricting process.
Campus Vote Project's North Carolina State Coordinator Kiani Gardner testified at a North Carolina redistricting public hearing at Forsyth Technical Community College on Tuesday, September 14, focused on considering colleges and universities as Communities of Interest as part of the redistricting process.
Democracy Fellow Anitra Howard (VA) testified at a Virginia Redistricting Commission public hearing on Tuesday, October 5, focused on considering Virginia Wesleyan University and the surrounding Virginia Beach area as a Community of Interest as part of the redistricting process. Specifically, the campus and surrounding areas are currently together, albeit on or near State District borders, and should be kept together as such.
Campus Vote Project's Pennsylvania State Coordinator Ricardo Almodovar testified at a Pennsylvania Congressional redistricting public hearing on Wednesday, October 13, focused on considering colleges and universities as Communities of Interest as part of the redistricting process.
Campus Vote Project's Midwest Regional Manager Chuck Black testified at a Pennsylvania Congressional redistricting public hearing on Wednesday, October 20, focused on considering colleges and universities as Communities of Interest as part of the redistricting process.
Campus Vote Project's Michigan State Coordinator Landon Myers testified at a Michigan Independent Citizens redistricting commission public hearing on Thursday, October 21, highlighted concerns with Grand Valley State University, a campus that was not previously split, but is split between multiple districts at multiple levels of government in recent map proposals from the commission, as well as campuses like Oakland University, Washtenaw Community College, and Macomb Community College. Specifically, emphasized the importance of not approving any map proposals that split any campuses.
Campus Vote Project's Midwest Regional Manager Chuck Black testified at a Pennsylvania Governor's Redistricting Advisory Council listening session at Drexel University on Friday, October 29, focused on considering colleges and universities as Communities of Interest as part of the redistricting process.