In Many States, 2020 Election Winners Hold All The Redistricting Power

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In Many States, 2020 Election Winners Hold All The Redistricting Power

Every 10 years after the U.S. Census, lawmakers in most states have the power to redraw congressional and state legislative districts. It’s called redistricting. The party in power can do it in a way that benefits them politically — and it’s perfectly legal. That’s called gerrymandering.

Now that the 2020 election season is nearly over, a picture is emerging of how redistricting and gerrymandering will unfold in states across the country.

NPR’s Ari Shapiro spoke to reporters in three state capitals: Ashley Lopez with member station KUT in Austin, Texas; Dirk VanderHart from Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland; and Steve Harrison of member station WFAE in Charlotte, N.C.

In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what’s going on in your community.

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