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Chapel Hill | Slaying the Gerrymander: Inside the battle to take back democracy

April 4 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Speaker David Daley will discuss how Republicans reinvented and
weaponized the gerrymander during the 2010 election, then took advantage of big data and sophisticated mapping technology to draw themselves nearly unbeatable district lines for congress and state legislatures nationwide. Using state by state examples, including North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida we will discuss about how they pulled this off, how Democrats fell asleep, and what the consequences have been for public policy and political polarization
during this era. David will pivot to the response to this rigging of our
elections: A citizen movement centered around fair maps and voting
rights that scored historic victories during the 2018 election, including in red states like Utah, Missouri and Ohio. But while citizens fight back, the maps themselves have held strong — a red sandbag against the blue wave in states like North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio.

On the verge of the 2020 election and the next decade of redistricting, with gerrymandering back at the Supreme Court — including one case from North Carolina — where does the fight for fair maps stand?

David Daley is the author of the national best-seller “Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count” and the forthcoming “Unrigged: How Americans Fought Back, Slayed The Gerrymander, and Reinvented Democracy” (both W.W. Norton). His journalism on democracy and voting rights has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and many other leading publications. He is a senior fellow at FairVote, an Institute for the Liberal Arts fellow at Boston College, and the former editor in chief of Salon. He earned his B.A. in political science at Boston College and his M.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by:
English and Comparative Literature
Institute for the Arts & Humanities
Public Policy
School of Media and Journalism


April 4
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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UNC-CH School for Public Policy


The Stone Center, Hitchcock Room
150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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