Everything you ever wanted to know about redistricting

Connecticut’s decennial redistricting of General Assembly and Congressional districts seems likely to be fairly tame compared with some states–Texas already has 13 lawsuits pending. But the process has profound effects on politics and government. It also can be mystifying to the average person.

Professor Justin Levitt, an expert on election law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, set out to change that with a new website called All About Redistricting. The site includes a brief history of redistricting and a discussion of how redistricting can be a potent political tool. It includes a “Redistricting Roulette Wheel” that provides a simple illustration of how the process can shape electoral outcomes. The most labor-intensive component of the site, however, is a state-by-state breakdown of how the process works and where things stand so far.