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Game Day Chiefs Rituals | History Of Redistricting

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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.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for KCUR's Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and A People's History of Kansas City. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.