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Citizen vs. Legislature-Led Reapportionment: Current Research on Redistricting of Legislative Boundaries

August 2, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Following the 2020 census, states redrew legislative districts. In Michigan and California, independent citizen commissions took on drafting and approving new election maps. How did this independent citizen commission approach compare to redistricting done by state legislatures? Did independent, citizen-led commissions make elections fairer, prevent gerrymandering, and improve representation for minority populations as proponents promised?

Leading academics on this topic will join us to discuss the latest research.



  • Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson, Academic Director of State Oversight Academy and Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University
  • Christian Grose, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University of Southern California and Academic Director of USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy
  • Sara Sadhwani, Assistant Professor of Politics at Pomona College, Commissioner on 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission


August 2, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Event Category:


Zoom Webinar


Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy – State Oversight Academy