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March 16 -- Gerrymandering: What's the Big Deal?

The League of Women Voters Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM is producing a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

March 16 -- Gerrymandering: What's the Big Deal?

I could have been running against a saltshaker and I would have lost. --David Kessler, former Pennsylvania Congressman on the effects of gerrymandering.

We'll talk about how redistricting has changed over the last 50 years, the emergence of extreme partisan gerrymandering, court cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, and why it matters in Maine. We'll take listener calls in the second half hour.

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at

Special Guests:

  • Matt Dube, Assistant Professor in Computer Information Systems at the University of Maine-Augusta.
  • Elaine Kamark, Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program and Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution, and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Key Topics:

  • How has redistricting changed over the last 50 years?
  • How can we tell if a state has engaged in extreme partisan gerrymandering?
  • How can we tell if districts have been fairly drawn?
  • What are the essential arguments in the court cases being argued at the Supreme Court?
  • What are the remedies to counter extreme gerrymandering?
  • Why should we care about gerrymandering here in Maine?

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Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

Recent Topics in this Series

PRIMARY ELECTIONS: What Are They Good For?

TEN MONTHS IN: Taking Stock in Maine

POLITICAL PARTIES: Do They Still Matter?

CENSUS 2020: Making Sense of the Census


JOBS IN MAINE: What's the Future?

FREE TRADE: Winners & Losers in Maine

Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.