With the 2020 census soon approaching, state legislatures and local governments will be redrawing districts to ensure population equality. Politics can and often does influence this process. Manipulation of political boundaries is on the minds of many people in the politically charged environment leading up to the November 2020 election.
Professor Diller will discuss the legal requirements for redistricting, as well as the latitude afforded to the map-drawers. He will explain the concept of “gerrymandering” and what might be done to reduce or minimize political influences on the redistricting process at the state and local levels.
Speaker biographical information:
Paul Diller is a professor at Willamette University Law School in Salem, Oregon, where he has taught since 2005. His professional work focuses on the legal structures, including federalism and gerrymandering, that constrain or empower local policymaking. His recent work explores the interplay between election law, gerrymandering, and preemption of local power. Other work addresses the unique potential of cities to spur regulatory change, particularly with respect to protecting public health. Diller is active in a national network of law professors and advocates that seeks to preserve local authority in the face of aggressive preemption efforts by state legislatures and Congress. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan and undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.