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Congress and Constituency

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Congress and Party

Then respond to the following two questions:

1. Explain why politicians utilize gerrymandering. Next, give some reasons as to why critics of gerrymandering believe that it is undemocratic tool.

2. Several states have decided to hand the re-districting process over to a non-partisan commission. Do you believe that citizen non-partisan commissions will result in legislative districts that are more democratic, competitive and less partisan?

For further information please read:

· Need for State Non-Partisan Gerrymandering Commissions

· Opinion analysis: A cure for partisan gerrymandering?

· How to fix gerrymandering and stop future shutdowns


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