What Is Redistricting
The United States Constitution mandates that every state redraw its districts every decade to adjust for population changes.
Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter warned his colleagues in his plurality opinion in 1946’s Colegrove v. Green that redistricting was a partisan business and that the federal judiciary should “not enter this political thicket.”
Without redistricting there would be inefficient representation. Districts drawn decades ago could still exist even though the number of people living within them constantly change. If they did not the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures would inadequately represent all Americans.
What We Do
The NRRT is the central Republican resource to coordinate and collaborate on a 50-state redistricting effort; focusing on the GOP’s redistricting-related legal and data needs.
Why It Matters
Democrats want to spread the influence of their core supporters out from the cities to silence the votes of suburban and rural voters. The congressional districts around Chicago, Boston, Portland, and Baltimore-Washington are perfect examples of the kind of extreme gerrymandering they would enact nationwide if given the chance.