Study: Florida Among The Worst States For Gerrymandering

Aug 11, 2014

Florida ranks as one of the worst states for gerrymandering.

  Florida ranks third in the country for gerrymandering, according to a study of the most heavily populated states. 

Voting districts are redrawn every 10 years in a process known as redistricting. Gerrymandering happens when district boundaries are drawn to benefit a political party.

Florida lawmakers just finished a special session on redistricting after a judge ruled that two congressional districts were drawn to favor the incumbent candidates.

It turns out a lot of states avoid this problem by using independent commissions instead of lawmakers to draw voting districts.

Below, hear Nicholas Stephanopoulos with the University of Chicago Law School talk about his research, which suggests Florida Republicans gained three congressional seats as a result of gerrymandering.