Jones: Overview of Iowa's nonpartisan redistricting process


December 24, 2020

The Iowa Constitution requires that every 10 years following the census there must be a drawing of congressional and state legislative districts based on changes in population, also known as redistricting.

In Iowa, the responsibility of drawing the map of proposed districts lies with the nonpartisan bill drafting agency, known as the Legislative Services Agency (LSA). The plan developed by LSA is required by Code to have each Senate and House district have a population as nearly equal as practicable, with certain narrow mean deviations allowed under the law. Additionally, the Iowa Constitut...

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