Caliper Mapping and Transportation Glossary

DEFINITION

What is Nesting?

Nesting is a redistricting method of creating two or more state lower legislative chamber districts that are completely contained within the boundaries of a state upper legislative chamber district. A number of U.S. states either require or encourage the lower district boundaries to nest within the upper district boundaries.

What is nesting/nesting definition - This map shows nested lower and upper chamber districts in Iowa

The Iowa General Assembly consists of a 100 member House of Representatives and a 50 member senate. Two house districts nest within each senate district.

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