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.
As summer went by, Republicans devoted their energy to passing restrictive voting laws. States began the decennial redistricting process, and courts handed down significant decisions that reshaped access to the ballot box.
The best way to guarantee that maps are drawn equitably is by engaging the communities who are impacted the most by unfair maps and putting the map-drawing power in the hands of independent commissions—not politicians.
Cooper v. Harris, and the extensive litigation that followed it, exemplifies the duality of federal gerrymandering lawsuits: racial and partisan gerrymandering. The courts have treated these types of cases very differently.
We’re looking back at a 2020 study that dove into the impact of redistricting on the partisan seat share in the U.S. House over the last 50 years—and how Republicans have manipulated the redistricting process for their own benefit.
A country in which party so thoroughly trumps geography is not the Republic our Framers envisioned—but the 2020 census sabotage makes clear that it’s the Republic in which we now live.
The Republican state legislators who have introduced these anti-voter bills will be the very same people who try to gerrymander themselves into power during the redistricting process this year.
Undercounting, the most likely shortfall of Census collection efforts, is most likely to exclude children, people of color, working class folks and renters—and thus dilutes their political power.
Federal legislation to improve America’s elections is now on the table. But there’s another power the House and Senate could use to strengthen American democracy—a power distinct from legislation and all the hurdles that apply to it.
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