Redistricting: A Peek Inside The Sausage Factory
July 16, 2009
The drawing of new boundaries for congressional districts – known as redistricting – is one of the most critical, but least understood activities in politics. The political insiders in state capitals who make the maps have a huge impact over who gets elected to Congress and how long those representatives can hold onto their seats. The redistricting process can even tip the scales when it comes to determining which party will control Congress for the next decade.
WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, offers an interesting peek inside the sausage factory. Of particular interest is the decisive influence Secretaries of State can exert over the final congressional maps. As readers of this blog may recall, this influence is not lost on the financiers of the SOS Project, who are determined to put their partisan political allies in these positions of power.