So far, 2012 has been a very interesting election year. In any election year, there are a number of things that can affect voters’ decisions at the polls: for instance, the current issues, the current economy, the candidates on the ballot, or the current voter registration laws.
Every ten years in America, however, something special takes place across the U.S. called the census, which leads to redistricting. Each state handles redistricting a little differently. The website, All About Redistricting, evaluates each state’s redistricting cycles, which branches of the legislatures are changed, the timing, public input, and the criteria each state uses.
In South Carolina, in particular, the state provides voters with all the criteria that are used when the legislature goes about redistricting on the website of the Office of Research and Statistics of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board. In an effort to get a sense of the effect redistricting might have across the country, a case-study was done on the primary election season in South Carolina.
You’re invited to be a part of this case-study by participating in the survey below:
Thank you for participating in the survey. The information gathered from the survey along with information provided in “Redistricting: Will This Affect the 2012 Election?” will help determine if the additional twist of redistricting has made 2012 a particularly challenging year for voters.