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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:37 AM

Texas Matters: Gerrymandering In Texas

Texas begins redistricting in two years. The process will slice up the state into political districts. When the districts are redrawn to benefit a particular party, it's called gerrymandering. For some Texans, it's time to finally end that particular political game.

At a Starbucks in West Austin, Josh LaFair set up a board game he and his siblings invented.

"There's a lot of scheming," he said. "There's a lot of strategizing and there's a lot of backstabbing."

Itís called Mapmaker. And thereís nothing homemade about it. "Each player as a political party," he explained, "and players go around separating voters into districts, and whoever has the most districts at the end of the game wins."

It resembled any other high-end board game. But this one had little tokens for the major political parties. There was a red elephant, a blue donkey, a green leaf and a yellow porcupine Ė thatís the symbol for the Libertarians.

Read more: https://www.tpr.org/post/texas-matters-gerrymandering-texas

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