22 February 2022
Gerrymandering is the intentional practice of manipulating the boundaries of congressional districts to provide an unfair advantage for a specific party or group. Gerrymandering is one reason that only about 10% to 15% of all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are generally considered competitive, one of the many reasons that gerrymandering is extremely unpopular with voters. New maps that create the boundaries between congressional districts are drawn every 10 years, following each decennial census. In the wake of the 2020 Census, state legislators crafted a number of hyperpartisan and discriminatory gerrymanders. This new report from Issue One highlights a dozen of the worst. The 12 extreme gerrymanders featured in this report (Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin) are unbalanced and designed to favor one party, while disempowering voters.