Congressional Redistricting

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It’s a hot button political issue with all the sex appeal of a Sears catalog. But just because it doesn’t sizzle like a political potboiler doesn’t mean it lacks suspense.

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The constitutionally mandated reapportioning of Congressional voting districts occurs every ten years. And this time, perhaps more than any in modern memory, the outcome could determine control of the US House. Republicans say they stand to gain as many as twelve new seats when voting lines are redrawn in 43 states. Democrats chalk that claim up to wishful thinking. No one knows for sure, but one thing is certain: Not enough voters are paying attention to the one issue that could change the political landscape for decades to come.


Ron Elving, Washington Editor, National Public Radio;
Thomas Finneran, Massachusetts Speaker of the House