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General Session

All Things Criteria

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM ET

In addition to federal principles (“one person, one vote” and prohibitions on racial discrimination), all 50 states have designated criteria for how districts are drawn. Some are old, while some are new this cycle. Either way, failing to comply with them can result in litigation. Experts will describe the criteria, how they are defined and offer tips on balancing conflicts between them.


A brief on Redistricting Criteria: Traditional and Emerging and NCSL’s 50-state breakdown (with citations) of redistricting criteria laws in each state. (PDF, 20 pages)
NCSL’s Redistricting Criteria webpage
NCSL’s Districting Principles for 2010 and Beyond webpage


Joe Kreye
Legal Services Manager, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau

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Michael Gallagher
Senior Coordinating Attorney, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau

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Staci Duros
Legislative Analyst, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau

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Jerry Barry
Assistant Director, Colorado Office of Legislative Legal Services

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