Research

  • Members of New York City’s City Council are elected from 51 districts across the city. Every decade, following the census, the districts need to be redrawn to comport with demographic changes and to comply with the constitutional requirement of “one-person, one-vote.”

    June 5, 2012
  • In advance of the Supreme Court's latest session, the Brennan Center calls attention to two important cases that could impact the future of the Voting Rights Act.

    January 5, 2012
  • The Brennan Center and co-counsel for the parties seeking to intervene and defend the law ending prison-based gerrymandering in New York sent this letter to the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR), prompted by reports that LATFOR may not be complying with the law.

    July 27, 2011
  • Redistricting is a unique process, important and central to our representative democracy. As we have studied how redistricting operates around the country we have consistently seen that both independent commissions as well as legislative redistricting commissions lack adequate transparency and accountability to truly be responsive to communities.

    June 27, 2011
  • The state legislature currently draws both congressional and state legislative districts, subject to a few state constitutional limitations as well as federal constitutional and statutory constraints. Article III of the Georgia Constitution governs redistricting with only minimal restrictions.

    June 16, 2011

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