[VIRTUAL] Mapping Lines & Power: Recapping & Forecasting Redistricting 2020
By Expert, Advisor & Scholar, Dr. Kareem Crayton AB '96
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 6:00 - 7:00pm ET
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Every decade, the completion of the U.S. Census marks the start of redistricting, the process of changing election districts to account for population change and, in some cases, political and demographic shifts. Redistricting affects every election district in the country, and it carries huge consequences for our democracy — both for who gets elected and for which public policies will govern our society.
The stakes following the 2020 Census could not be higher. In the first redistricting cycle since the elimination of key provisions of the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of limits on partisan gerrymandering, legislatures across the country are weighing how changes in politics and the law should inform map-drawing. New bodies have emerged that replace the traditional legislative-centered processes. At the same time, partisan and non-partisan advocacy groups have launched unprecedented efforts to influence the process. In a time where stark divides have emerged both in elections and politics, these choices are critical in America’s development.
Helping us to understand this system is Dr. Kareem Crayton (AB ‘95-96), manager and founder of Crimcard Consulting Services — a company that has advised on redistricting nationwide at every level of government. Dr. Crayton, a national expert, consultant and scholar in redistricting with unparalleled professional experience in the area, joins us to provide his thoughts about how this round of redistricting has fared so far and what to expect as the process shifts from line drawing to litigation.