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Helpful Hints for the ReDistricting Game… • Each congressperson’s house must stay in their district. For example, the purple house needs to stay in the purple district • All the parts of the district need to be touching and connected. For example, you can’t have an island of purple in a yellow district or vice versa. (Corners touching don’t count in this game.) Mission 1: Population Equity 1. What does population equity mean? (Hint: population equity is the goal of the game. So what is it that you’re trying to accomplish?) Why is it important? 2. How is population represented on the map? 3. Other than the size of the population in each district, what characteristics does the map tell you about your population? Why might that be important? 4. What other factors might mapmakers consider when redistricting? 5. Click on the 2nd tab (on the left), the feedback tab. What advice does the feedback tab give you before submitting your map? 6. When your map is submitted for approval, what are the state legislature voting results? 7. Is your map challenged in court? If so, what are the grounds and what were the results? 8. Once you click ‘Fast Forward to the Next Election,’ a newspaper rather than voters choosing gives a little bit of analysis about the redistricting. Summarize what the newspaper says. Mission 2: Partisan Gerrymandering 1.Which was more difficult to achieve – redistricting based on population, or redistricting based on partisanship (political party)? Explain your answer 2. Once your map is submitted for approval, what are the state legislature voting results? 3. Is your map challenged in court? If so, what are the grounds and what were the results? 4. Once you click ‘Fast Forward to the Next Election,’ the newspaper analyzes the redistricting results. In order to achieve three congressional districts that favor your political party, which tactic do you have to use? What is it, and what does it do?
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