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Extreme Gerrymanders - 12 examples of how state legislators have drawn unfair maps for partisan

23 February 2022

Summary

Many observers have also pointed out that nearly all of the demographic growth in Georgia over the past decade has come from communities of color, yet under the new map, the number of congressional districts represented by politicians of color is likely to shrink, not expand. [...] For its part, the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center estimates the new map is more skewed than 58% of the enacted redistricting plans it has analyzed over the past 50 years. [...] However, it was challenged in court by groups that argued the map violated the state’s constitution, which prohibits the state legislature from enacting a redistricting plan that “unduly favors or disfavors a political party or its incumbents.” In January, Ohio’s Supreme Court agreed and threw out the new map, with one judge writing, “When the dealer stacks the deck in advance, the house usually w. [...] The Princeton Gerrymandering Project also gave Oregon’s new map an “F” grade for competitiveness, noting the map is “very uncompetitive relative to other maps that could have been drawn.” Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center estimated that Oregon’s new map is more skewed than 74% of the enacted redistricting plans it has analyzed over the past 50 years. [...] And the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center estimates that the new map is more skewed than 78% of the enacted redistricting plans it has analyzed over the past 50 years.

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