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Redistricting assignment

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  • 1. Student Handout "Town of Athena" Lesson Names________________________Your Group’s Redistricting PlanDirections: This chart represents where various voters live in the town of Athena. Dividethe town into 20 voting districts in a way that is fair and equitable to all ethnic/racialgroups.
  • 2. Student Handout #2, "Town of Athena" LessonTown Council Redistricting PlanDirections: Count and analyze the data presented in this objective redistricting plan.1. How many districts are dominated by a majority of people of one race orethnicity? Do those districts fairly represent the size of that racial or ethnicpopulation in the city? Should it?2. Does the plan comply with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act?3. Is the plan fair? How might you change the council’s plan?Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act prohibits what is referred to as "minority votedilution"—the minimization or canceling out of minority voting strength.
  • 3. Student Handout #3, "Town of Athena" LessonHispanic and Latin-American Association Redistricting PlanDirections: Assess the fairness of this plan from the perspective of the ethnic/racialgroup assigned to you. Be prepared to answer these questions:1. Is the plan fair to your group? Explain.2. Is the plan fair to all groups?3. Why do you support/not support the plan?4. How would you change the plan?5. Is it possible to develop a plan that is fair to all? If not, what should be done?