The Supreme Court made it clear: the only way to reign in extreme partisan gerrymandering is to elect more Democrats to state legislatures. Democratic legislatures across the country are leading the fight for fair districts after Republicans abused their power to draw themselves into permanent majorities after the last census.
The DLCC is committed to positioning Democrats for success in the post-2020 redistricting process. 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 the 2018 elections, Democrats won a majority of the vote for the legislature in states including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, but Republicans maintained their majorities. The results run contrary to democracy. Voters should be able to choose their representatives, not the other way around.
In 35 states, state legislatures draw congressional or legislative maps. Winning Democratic majorities in these states is the only sure way to prevent GOP gerrymandering from ever again subverting our democracy.
As the next round of redistricting approaches, the DLCC is taking a multi-cycle strategic approach in a number of states like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, and Wisconsin, where increasing Democratic representation ahead of post-2020 redistricting is crucial to make sure Democrats have a seat at the table and can fight for fair maps and democracy.