Protesters attend a rally for "Fair Maps" on March 26, 2019, in Washington, D.C., as the U.S. Supreme Court holds hearings in redistricting cases out of North Carolina and Maryland. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON — As states sprint through their redistricting processes this fall, many activists are learning that mapmaking commissions don’t quite address gerrymandering or minority voting protections as intended.

Most state legislatures control the map-drawing process, but a handful now have redistricting commissions of varying construction and independence with a say in line drawing. Some, like New York’s, play an advisory role, while others, like those in California and Colorado, officially set the lines.


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