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American Census: A Social History
Author(s): Margo J Anderson
ISBN: 0300047096
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: Feb 1, 1990

Anderson demonstrates that throughout its history the census has been a highly politicized process. Early attempts at apportionment, the counting of slaves and freed blacks, and later the effects of industrialization and immigration all brought political pressure from varying sides to bear on the Census Bureau. Political controversy over the questions included on the census and the statistical methods employed are shown not to be new either.

Equal Representation: a Study of Legislative and Congressional Apportionment in Wisconsin
Author: H. Rupert Theobald
Publisher: Wisconsin Blue Book
Publication Date: 1970

This comprehensive history of apportionment law in Wisconsin up to 1970 examines the state’s constitutional mandates and their implementation through various legislative actions, population changes, and Wisconsin and United States Supreme Court cases. The study includes a number of historical maps and tables, summaries of relevant Wisconsin case law, and a chronology of Wisconsin apportionment from 1836 to 1969.

Political Gerrymandering and the Courts
Editor: Bernard Grotman
ISBN: 0875862632
Publisher: Algora Publishing
Publication Date: August 2003

This collection of essays on partisan gerrymandering includes several articles on the Davis v. Bandemer case. Additional case studies from Indiana and California in the 1970s and 1980s are also reviewed.

Race, Redistricting and Representation
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226092712
Publication Date: October 1, 1999

Canon argues that rather than creating a type of "political apartheid," black majority districts actually promote a "politics of commonality" by opening the political process to black candidates who fairly represent the interests of both blacks and whites. In making his case, Canon analyzes the political and legal debates for and against racial redistricting. He then compares the legislative behavior of members of the Congressional Black Caucus to white House members representing districts with black populations of 25% or more.

The Reapportionment Puzzle.
Author: Bruce E. Cain
ISBN: 0520050282
Publisher: Univ. of California Press
Publication Date: June 1984

A thorough description of the redistricting process and the conflicting interests involved, based on the experience of a consultant to the California Assembly’s Election and Reapportionment Committee during the 1980 redistricting.

Redistricting Case Summaries for the 90s
Author: National Conference of State Legislatures
ISBN: 1580240143
Publisher: Natl Conference of State
Publication Date: December 1998

National Conference of State Legislatures, November 1998. (328.135/N214b) This handbook is a compilation of redistricting court case summaries arranged by state. It includes an index of cases, a subject index, and contacts for each state.

Redistricting Law 2000

A comprehensive guide to federal and state law involving redistricting, this book is arranged in chapters by subject with relevant caselaw integrated extensively into the text. An index to cases cited, a glossary, and a lengthy bibliography are also included. Several appendices compare the redistricting laws and procedures across the 50 states.

Redistricting: the Other Y2K Problem
Author: Tim Storey
Publication: State Legislatures (Magazine/Journal} Volume: v24 Issue: n8 Page: p19(4)
Publisher: National Conference of State Legislatures
Publication Date: September 1, 1998

State governments, the major parties and politicians are advised to prepare for the decennial process of redistricting. Redistricting involves the drawing of new district maps based on census data. The Constitution stipulates that districts must have equal populations. Preparations for redistricting are important since it can be subjected to numerous political and legal challenges. States can successfully implement redistricting procedures by working closely with the Census Bureau and by procuring the computer systems and technology needed for mapping.

State Redistricting Profiles 2000
ISBN: 1580240321
Publisher: National Conference of State Legislatures
Publication Date: 1999

This recently published guide contains concise factual information about each state’s legal and organizational framework for redistricting. Entries for each state include constitutional and statutory citations, statistical information about congressional and legislative districts, political entities responsible for redistricting, deadlines, Voting Rights Act information, and state contacts.

Ten Secrets of Redistricting
Author: Steve Miller
Publication: State Legislatures (Magazine/Journal)
Publisher: National Conference of State Legislatures Volume: 25 Issue: 8 Page: 26(4)
Publication Date: September 1, 1999

Redistricting may likely follow after the government completes the Census 2000, which will be conducted on Apr 1, 2000. Ten suggested tips may help state governments better manage redistricting, which will never be easy or simple. They include adopting a redistricting mission statement and making early decisions about technology early as computer hardware/software systems and redistricting go hand in hand. Establishing a timeline to schedule purchases of equipment and software in stages up through 2001 will also be useful.