Voters Should Pick Their Representatives (or, How the GOP got it backwards)
On June 19th, the Supreme Court announced it would consider a landmark case out of Wisconsin that could curb the Republican gerrymandering that plagues our democracy. It couldn’t come soon enough: The very next day, GOP gerrymandering thwarted Democrats Jon Ossoff and Archie Parnell in their attempts to flip two longstanding Republican congressional districts. The direct connection between statehouses — where these maps are drawn — and the outcomes of our national elections couldn’t be more clear.
While state Democrats have already flipped two seats and overperformed in almost every special election since Trump’s inauguration, congressional Democrats in red states are still facing the devastating aftermath of 2010 redistricting. The Red Wave of 2010 gave Republicans statehouse control in Alabama, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, and maintained their grip on Florida and Texas. What do these states have in common? They’ve all since had their congressional and legislative maps struck down as unconstitutional...
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