The DLCC is committed to positioning Democrats for success in the post-2020 redistricting process. This project executes a multi-cycle strategy through state-specific plans to win state legislative majorities in targeted chambers. Through data-driven analysis and careful planning, the DLCC is strengthening Democrats’ capacity to prevent Republican gerrymanders across the country for the decade to come.
In 2012, Democratic congressional candidates won nearly a million and a half more votes than Republicans, yet Republicans won more seats in the U.S. House.
This happened because Republican-majority legislatures drew hundreds of our nation’s congressional districts in 2011, and they used that power to tilt the playing field in favor of GOP candidates in grotesquely-gerrymandered districts like Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional seat (above).
The impact was even worse at the state level, where Republican legislators drew their own districts to minimize minority voters’ influence and shield themselves from accountability.
In all, state legislatures draw more than three-quarters of America’s congressional districts. Dozens more districts are drawn by commissions in states where right-wing legislators have a history of seeking to undermine commissioners’ work or even abolish the commissions entirely.
Winning Democratic majorities in these states is the only sure way to prevent GOP gerrymandering from ever again deciding the outcome of a national election.
As the next round of redistricting approaches, the DLCC is taking a multi-cycle strategic approach in a number of states like Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin, where increasing Democratic representation ahead of post-2020 redistricting is crucial.