Drawing the lines



In the United States, along with the decennial census comes the once-per-decade task of redistricting. Redistricting is the drawing of legislative district boundaries in response to changes in state population totals, with the goal of assuring as near-equal representation of each person as is practicable. Or, as I heard one expert describe it, redistricting is an “under the radar” activity that has a profound impact on all legislative levels, and yields the blueprint for public policy—including science policy—for years to come. Though this may not be obvious, legislators set the policy pace and allocate funds to support that policy.