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Syracuse Speaks-Independent Redistricting in Syracuse

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Syracuse Independent Redistricting Commission
Members of Syracuse's Independent Redistricting Commission listen to public input at their first hearing.

Redistricting is happening at all levels of government now that 2020 Census data is available. But each locality determines the process it uses to create its new maps. Government control over drawing new districts can often allow politics to seep through the cracks and into the lines.

The City of Syracuse is trying something new this year. Something they hope will result in district maps that truly represent communities. They've created an Independent Redistricting Commission of 15 citizens to lead the process, rather than legislators or appointees.

The commission is wrapping up its first round of public meetings. On this episode of Syracuse Speaks, we look at the work they've done so far and what they're planning to do next.

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Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, poverty, and identity.