A diamond is forever. A district is for a decade.
Gerrymandering began over 200 years ago — but in 2011, it was reborn.
Armed with new mapmaking technology and voter data from millions of Americans, state legislators redrew Congressional maps across the country. In states like Ohio and North Carolina, they disenfranchised Democrats. In Maryland and Illinois, they disenfranchised Republicans. By ‘packing’ (concentrating) one party’s voters into a few districts — or by ‘cracking’ (diluting) them across many — state legislators fixed the outcomes of certain elections before they even happened.
On the one hand, this infringed upon the rights of millions of Americans and disproportionately affected voters of color. But on the other, it inspired some gorgeous jewelry.
TX-35 runs 100 miles from Austin to San Antonio. MI-14 connects Pontiac to Detroit with a big zig-zag. FL-4 carves out the city of Jacksonville. LA-6 tip-toes around the African-American neighborhoods of Baton Rouge. OH-1 randomly tacks on Warren County. And NC-6 splits the largest historically black public college into two districts — if you move across campus, you must re-register to vote.
And that’s just our initial offering!
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Jewelry that will have you saying “Wait…what?”
Because in 2021, new maps will be drawn for Congressional and state legislative elections that will last until 2031. So if you’d like to turn these pendants into relics, vote for state legislators and governors who will draw fair maps that don’t look like our jewelry.
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