Assignment 2– Gerrymandering the vote

  1. Explain the origin and development of the Texas constitution.
  2. Describe state and local political systems and their relationship with the federal government.
  3. Describe separation of powers and checks and balances in both theory and practice in Texas.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of Texas government.
  5. Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in Texas.
  6. Analyze the state and local election process.
  7. Identify the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
  8. Analyze issues, policies and political culture of Texas.
  • What is redistricting? What is gerrymandering? How do both of these play into campaigns and elections?
  • What was the original intent for redistricting the specified area in the first place?
  • Was the redrawn district representative of the original intent and what have the courts had to say about this issue?
  • As a citizen or resident of Texas, what do you think of the politicizing of districts in an effort to garner votes from specific types of people (race, ethnicity, gender, political party affiliation, etc)?
  • What are your over all thoughts and impressions about this issue? Should the politicians be taken completely out of the redistricting procedure, in an effort to maintain a bit more fairness or is the current system working? Why or why not?

This assignment must follow MLA guidelines, be typed in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and be a minimum of 500 words with a works cited page. The works cited are not included in the minimum word count. Any sources provided in the assignment prompt MUST be used within your paper and cited in your works cited. Other sources used must be cited as well.


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