Here's something you need to see and play with: the Redistricting Game, a computer game that shows how political redistricting has polarized American politics:|
By exploring how the system works, as well as how open it is to abuse, The Redistricting Game allows players to experience the realities of one of the most important (yet least understood) aspects of our political system. The game provides a basic introduction to the redistricting system, allows players to explore the ways in which abuses can undermine the system, and provides info about reform initiatives - including a playable version of the Tanner Reform bill to demonstrate the ways that the system might be made more consistent with tenets of good governance. Beyond playing the game, the web site for The Redistricting Game provides a wealth of information about redistricting in every state as well as providing hands-on opportunities for civic engagement and political action.Spend some time with this one, and thanks to USC Annenberg Center for developing it. Yes, it's a shill for the Tanner Bill, but it does illustrate why redistricting is so controversial.