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legislatures to approve them. The other seven states have low populations and therefore only have a single representative for the entire state. However, they have more districts in their state legislatures, and they need to reapportion them with the census every ten years.

Community of Interest- A community of people connected by common interests, grievances, way of life or other similarities that justifies treating them as a class or group for legal purposes. The most obvious examples are race, ethnicity, and religion, but might also include a district in which ninety percent of the residents are farmers. It is not easy to define particular groups by geographical area

Some Options to Consider Option 1: The System has Worked and is Still Working Those Who Favor Maintaining The Current System Of Redistricting Say: •

The system helps create stable political borders throughout the state.

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The people have a voice in the current system by electing the legislative officials who draw the political district lines. •

It’s cheaper to leave the system as is.

Social, racial, economic classes are complex bases for districting and are not in the longterm interest of democracy.

The current system may not be ideal, but it has worked for centuries.

It gives vibrancy to the role of political parties in shaping policies for the state.

Those Who Oppose The Present System For Redistricting Say: •

There is no balance in the system; one party can have control over the forming of political districts for a long time.

Elections will be less competitive when incumbents are provided with safe districts. In recent years, only a tiny percentage of incumbents lose when they run for reelection.

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Renew New York Issue-in-Brief: Drawing the Line in New York State  

Prepared by Uniondale High School and The Wheatley School students, Doyin Akintobi, Jesse Manor, Kharolann Pierre, Candice Sejour, Daniel Wi...

Renew New York Issue-in-Brief: Drawing the Line in New York State  

Prepared by Uniondale High School and The Wheatley School students, Doyin Akintobi, Jesse Manor, Kharolann Pierre, Candice Sejour, Daniel Wi...