State of Our State Policy Brief: Redistricting

Nearly 60 years after handing down its decision in Baker v. Carr, the Tennessee case that paved the way for the “one person, one vote” standard, the Supreme Court in June 2019 declined to set limits on partisan gerrymandering, leaving decisions about how to draw legislative districts squarely with the states.

This brief provides an overview of Tennessee’s current redistricting process and outlines a spectrum of policy options that would increase citizen engagement and avoid costly litigation. 

These solutions range from small fixes, such as applying our state’s Sunshine Laws to the redistricting process, to those that would require legislative action, such as creating an advisory commission to involve a broader set of stakeholders in redistricting.

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Click here to read the full State of Our State 2019 Redistricting Policy Brief.