In this video recording, Professor Steve Bickerstaff discusses how in many democratic systems, the inherent threat redistricting poses to incumbent officeholders means that the redrawing of districts frequently fails to take place in a timely manner. Professor Bickerstaff argues that the involvement of the courts in the process in the United States has helped ensure that districts are redrawn in a timely manner, helping to ensure, in turn, the maintenance of districts with equal populations.