The Primer: Season 1, Episode 2 – Redistricting and Gerrymandering

Welcome to The Primer!

For this episode, UPC writers Michael Orton and Alex Cragun join Curtis to discuss the ideas behind redistricting and gerrymandering.

What is gerrymandering? Or a portmanteau for that matter? You can learn it all here. We talk about the methods of gerrymandering, along with how and why lawmakers may take the important process of redistricting and turn it into a gerrymander.

Here are some of the resources mentioned in today’s show:

Wall Street Journal article on Utah’s gerrymander

Ben McAdams points to gerrymandering in his former senate seat (explanation of packing)

The Redistricting Game

Off the cuff remarks requiring correction or clarification:

  • There are 435 seats in Congress, not 425.
  • The average Utah House seat has roughly 37,000 people in it, Senate 95,000. Numbers listed were rough voter turnout in good years.


Today’s closing song: On the Border – Eagles

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One Reply to “The Primer: Season 1, Episode 2 – Redistricting and Gerrymandering”

  1. C’mon guys. Get it straight. You’re doing a podcast; that’s serious business.

    There are 435 (not 425) congressional seats. They are not apportioned by dividing population into states; one seat is assigned to every state and then the 385 remaining are each given to the state with most unequal population to seat ratio one by one.

    Each Utah House seat has about 36k (not 20k) and each senate seat 93k (not 50k).

    Boundaries don’t have to be streets, rivers, county line, or anything at all; the legislature could split your house if they liked and does sometimes split city blocks.

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