Democracy Works

Extreme maps, extreme politics

Episode Summary

Given everything else going on in the United States right now, it might seem odd to focus on redistricting. But as our guest this week argues, how the lines are drawn could shape the tone of our politics for the next decade.

Episode Notes

Despite ongoing threats of violence, the wheels of democracy continue to turn, and in 2021, that means redistricting. States will draw new electoral maps this year using data from the 2020 Census. 

Our guest this week has spent the past decade covering attempts by politicians to draw those maps to their advantage in a practice known as gerrymandering. He's also covered the groups of citizens across the country who pushed back against them to win some major reforms that will make the process look different now than it did in 2010.

David Daley is a journalist and author of Unrigged: How Citizens are Battling Back to Save Democracy. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, and New York magazine. He is a senior fellow at FairVote, the former editor of Salon, and lives in Massachusetts.

Additional Information

Unrigged: How Americans are Battling Back to Save Democracy

David Daley on Twitter

Fair Districts PA on judicial gerrymandering

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