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Game Day Chiefs Rituals | History Of Redistricting

Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Some Kansas City Chiefs fans cling to superstitions — like wearing a particular piece of clothing or holding a specific token — in hopes that it'll help the team win.

Listeners share their Kansas City Chiefs game day traditions and how apportionment turned into redistricting and gerrymandering.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:00: Game day rituals help Chiefs fans feel like a part of the game.

From wearing the same threadbare socks to watching every game in a particular location, the most die-hard Chiefs fans hold to rituals aimed at bringing the team good luck. Behind the superstitions though, the traditions also give supporters a sense of control and make them feel like part of the game.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:12: The history of redistricting and its effects on voting.

Gerrymandering is the latest evolutionary iteration of voter suppression, but how did drawing congressional districts become such a political battle? In the months to come, the state legislatures in Kansas and Missouri will begin the once-a-decade process of redistricting. It isn't unique to the United States, but the control states have over the procedure makes the undertaking inherently more political here.

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