Redistricting Panel Series - What Can Geographers Do

2021 Redistricting: What Can Geographers Do?

After 10 years with our country’s current congressional and state district maps, the time has come to redraw the lines through the process of redistricting. States alone have the power to redraw legislative districts using decennial census data. This undertaking is inherently geographic, and yet geographers are sorely lacking from the process at every level. Because each state has a different process for redrawing their maps, identifying a chance to get involved can be tough for anyone to navigate, let alone professional and academic geographers pressed for time.

That’s why the AAG hosted our virtual Redistricting Panel Series during September 2021, to equip geographers with the tools and knowledge to take action in their states as the maps are drawn. By activating our collective power as a community and pressing to have a geographer in the room in every state, we worked to set new expectations and show why geospatial thinkers are indispensable.

When it comes to the fight for fair redistricting, there is no one better equipped than a geographer. Understanding the composition of communities based on shared geographic factors is a deeply powerful perspective to offer. When deployed for the good of equity and access, that perspective is essential to drawing an honest map. You do not have to be a GIS expert to contribute that powerful perspective. These are your districts, they will be your representatives, and you deserve to be at the table.

September 2021 – AAG Redistricting Panel Series

The AAG’s virtual Redistricting Panel Series was centered around one key word — “action.” Geographers walked away from these session panels with the state specific background, process knowledge, and the grassroots organization connections they needed to step up and get involved. These panels included geographers, redistricting experts, community organizers, and more. The project’s Organizing Committee built out the “panel in a box” template for our in-state hosts to deploy, which created a simple and streamlined way to replicate strong panels all over the country.

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The series included panels in the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

For more information, contact:

Michelle Kinzer, Government Relations Manager
Sydney Rice, Program Assistant

Our Redistricting Panel Series Organizing Committee Members:
  • Song Gao, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Ken Martis, West Virginia University
  • Nick Quinton, Florida State University
  • Rick Sadler, Michigan State University
  • Jim Thatcher, University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Rebecca Theobald, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs