Thursday, June 14, 2007

The ReDistricting Game

"As a mapmaker, I can have more of an impact on an election than on a campaign. The system is out of whack."

Here is a really cool redistricting game that "is designed to educate, engage, and empower citizens around the issue of political redistricting. Currently, the political system in most states allows the state legislators themselves to draw the lines. This system is subject to a wide range of abuses and manipulations that encourage incumbents to draw districts which protect their seats rather than risk an open contest."

Mentioned on NPR's Morning Edition June 14, and passed along in a post by NITLE's Jamie Carroll, this seems like a terrific way to teach about how the lines are drawn.

This is what the game looks like...

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