The Constitution Today: Redistricting

The Constitution Today: Redistricting

A look at how the U.S. Constitution sets up the redistricting process.

Four states--Virginia, New Jersey, Louisiana and Mississippi – have begun redistricting. It’s a grueling process that’s often politically charged. And the U.S. Constitution doesn’t provide many guidelines. The framers laid out how the number of representatives should be chosen, but left it up to the states to decide how to elect them. In some cases, that's created vastly unequal and unfair districts, and given rise to cases of Gerrymandering. As part of our "The Constitution Today" series, we examine what the document says about drawing congressional and legislative districts and how court decisions have further shaped those guidelines.


Sean O'Brien

executive director, Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier

Thomas Mann

senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

Nate Persily

The Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia Law School. Founder of 

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