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Why Kansas And Missouri Gerrymandering Continues

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Individual state control of drawing congressional districts can dilute the power of some voters by creating districts that favor one political party over another.

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. Gerrymandering is the latest evolutionary iteration of voter suppression. 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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