2022 will be the first major national election of President Biden’s presidency — and the first national elections since Trump tried to subvert American democracy. Here are three things that are at stake for democracy in 2022.
Reformers hoped Virginia’s new redistricting commission, approved by voters last year, would ensure fair political maps. But rather than draw fair maps, the commission failed to draw any maps at all.
In today’s piece, we’re highlighting some of the measures up for approval — including significant voting expansions in New York and constitutional amendments that would create new rights for citizens of several states.
Redistricting in Texas is still under control of the Legislature, giving the Texas GOP a free hand to enact a redistricting plan that protects Republican incumbents and dilutes the voting power of minority voters.
Even without federal legislation, there are many things individual states can do to protect voting rights. Here, we outline four steps states can take to protect voters in lieu of federal legislation on voting rights.
2021 may be an “off” year for elections, but that doesn’t mean the elections that are happening are any less important. In today’s piece, we’re highlighting some of the most important races on the ballot this year.
Independent commissions are hailed as a common sense solution. But concerns raised about Colorado’s new districts highlight the reality that commissions can draw maps with the same deficiencies as ones drawn by politicians.
Despite voters’ overwhelming support for redistricting reforms, the GOP is still trying to enact a gerrymandered legislative map — underscoring the limits of reform when one party will do anything to preserve its political power.
North Carolina’s experience over the last decade demonstrates exactly what the costs of gerrymandering are. It deprives citizens of their voice in our democracy and dilutes the power of distinct communities to advocate for their interests.
The biggest predictor of whether a state will draw fair maps is whether a single party controls the map-drawing process. An increase in the use of commissions and instances of divided governments means fairer maps are more likely.