MINOT, N.D. — With the census counts completed, the State of North Dakota, like every other state in the union, will begin the process of redrawing political boundaries to keep them in line with shifting population realities.
A group of left-wing activists in North Dakota has set out to poison the well in this process, using astroturfing tactics to level preemptive accusations of gerrymandering before a single line is even drawn.
Gerrymandering is the practice of drawing political lines to strengthen your political party while weakening the other side.
Astroturfing is when political activists try to manufacture the appearance of being much more numerous than they actually are.
The latter is exactly what a group called North Dakota Voters First, formerly known as North Dakotans for Public Integrity, is trying to do around the redistricting effort.