My favorite Gerry is definitely Jerry-Larry-Terry- Barry Gengurch-Gergich from Parks and Recreation. However, this new report from the Brennan Center has us shifting focus (briefly, very briefly) to Gerrymandering. It's in the news again because some GOP gerrymanders have been struck down by courts in North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Virginia.
Using data from the 2012, 2014, and 2016 election cycles, Extreme Maps finds that partisan bias resulting largely from the worst gerrymandering abuses in just a few battleground states provides Republicans a durable advantage of 16-17 seats in the current Congress, representing a significant portion of the 24 seats Democrats would need to gain control of the House in 2020. These "extreme maps" were all drawn in states under single-party control; the report finds that conversely, maps drawn by independent commissions, courts, or split-party state governments had significantly less partisan bias in their maps. Voters should choose their elected representatives, not the other way around!
- Read the Executive Summary of the report here.
- If you're down with jargon, you can download the full report by the Brennan Center here.
- If you're trying to go above and beyond, check out the other publications by the Brennan Center.