Once you’ve watched the documentary, answer the following questions:
Describe the strategies of “packing” and “cracking” districts.
What do these strategies achieve?
It’s much harder to reverse gerrymandering than to do it in the first place. Why?
How did gerrymandering play a role in the fight between Scott Walker and trade unions in Wisconsin?
How did it impact representation in Wisconsin?
How did the Supreme Court rule on this case (Gill v. Whitford)?
What do grassroots groups like VNP (Voters Not Politicians) do?
What was the goal of VNP’s proposed ballot initiative? Did it succeed?
How did the state of Michigan seek to shut these efforts down?
Fair Maps Texas is a nonpartisan effort to reform the redistricting process here, in our very own state. Check out this list of legislative actions they support and choose one that you find interesting.
Describe the legislative action you chose.
Why do you think it would be a good (or bad) idea?
Feel free to use the numbered questions as sub-headers if it helps you organize your response essay. (Don’t include sub-headers for the bullets under each number or you’ll end up with 12 sub-headers, which is way too many for a response of this length.)
Nuts and Bolts of the Assignment
Submit a response that approximately 1000 words long (give or take 50 words).
At the top of your paper should be your name, the course name and number, and the title of your paper. Nothing more, nothing less.
Papers must be typed, and should have the following:
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Page numbers (bottom center or bottom right).
Not adhering to these conventions will lead to points being deducted.
Please include in-text citations throughout the essay and a list of references (any sources the assignment asks you to use as well as any outside sources you’ve drawn from) at the end of the essay on a separate page. Your reference list is not included in your word count. Use APA formatting for your citations. You can find a guide to APA formatting