March 3, 2017 | By Kylie Larkin — Professor Derek Muller participated in a panel, “Democracy Spring: How redistricting reform is blooming,” at a conference held at Duke University on March 2. The conference, titled “Redistricting Reform: Mapping Our Future,” highlighted efforts around the country to end the practice of drawing legislative districts for political advantage.
Via Duke University:
Redistricting has traditionally been carried out by state legislatures, which has led to plans that reflect the existing power structure. Many states have created alternatives that remove the process of drawing lines from state legislatures, create mapping criteria, or set up other checks and balances. This panel will provide an overview of different state approaches, the political, legal and practical considerations for different reforms, and where reform efforts are happening.
• Kathay Feng, Common Cause (moderator)
• Marc Elias, Perkins Coie
• Anita Earls, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
• Derek Muller, Pepperdine University School of Law