Redistricting: Drawing Power with a Map

February 15, 1991 • Volume 1


This year the states are undertaking their constitutional duty of “redistricting”—drawing new borders and creating new constituencies for politicians—because of the 1990 census. At the congressional level, some states gained seats and some lost them, but only the few states with a single representative will escape the need to draw new district lines to reflect shifting population patterns. Thus, redistricting could be a major impetus for changing the makeup of Congress and state legislatures. But because politicians put their own survival first, redistricting generally serves to preserve the status quo.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Reapportionment, Redistricting, and Representation
Aug. 25, 2017  Redistricting Showdown
Feb. 25, 2011  Redistricting Debates
Apr. 11, 2008  D.C. Voting Rights
Feb. 16, 2001  Redistricting
Aug. 12, 1994  Electing Minorities
Feb. 15, 1991  Redistricting: Drawing Power with a Map
Feb. 05, 1982  Reapportionment: Year of Decision
Sep. 30, 1964  Reapportionment Struggle
May 03, 1961  Reapportionment in the Courts
Oct. 29, 1958  Unequal Representation
Oct. 10, 1950  Representation in the United Nations
Jan. 03, 1950  Legislative Apportionment
Nov. 08, 1938  Proportional Representation
May 13, 1929  The Census and Reapportionment
Dec. 06, 1927  Apportionment of Representatives in Congress
Reapportionment and Redistricting