Redistricting 101 

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.

Gerrymandering & College Students

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!

 
 

Additional Resources 

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. 

SLSV Redistricting Webpage

The Students Learn Students Vote Coalition has put together a webpage with more information and resources from across the coalition on redistricting.

Draw Your Community Events

Learn how to draw a map of your community and have your voice heard as part of  your state's* redistricting process!

*Only offered for select states. 

Redistricting Fellows

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Florida

Andrew Taramykin

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Sophomore, University of Florida

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Elizabeth Rodriguez

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Junior, Miami Dade College

Michigan

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Junior, Western Michigan University

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Senior, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

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Jonathan Flynn

North Carolina

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Aaron Wrighton

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Senior, Elizabeth City State University

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Paige Anderholm

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Graduate Student, The London School of Economics

Ohio

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Aleena Babar

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Junior, Cleveland State University 

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Lucy Bishop

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First year, Columbus State Community College

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Arwa Elmashae

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Junior, Cleveland State University 

Pennsylvania

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Sophomore, Allegheny College

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Freshman, Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus

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Freshman, Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus

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Freshman, Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus

Texas

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Senior, Texas State University

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Senior, The University of Texas at El Paso 

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Virginia

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Senior, Virginia Commonwealth University 

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Junior, Virginia State University 

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Callie Jordan

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Junior, The University of Mary Washington

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Wisconsin

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Junior, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

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Senior, Carthage College

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William Kammerer

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Junior, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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.

Select Your State to view the Redistricting Fellows serving your communities

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Additional Testimony

Democracy Fellow Ahmad Mitchell (PA) 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 (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.
Democracy Fellow Nickolas Bartel (PA) 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.
Democracy Fellow Shakira Jackson (PA) testified at a Pennsylvania Legislative redistricting public hearing on Wednesday, August 4, 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.