Home-Grown System Rigging… and How We Can Stop It
Every 10 years, state legislative and congressional maps are redrawn following the U.S. Census. In 2011, politicians rigged the system like never before. The nonpartisan organization FairVote says that of the 435 seats up for reelection in the U.S. House of Representatives, only about 10 percent will be competitive, due to gerrymandering.
Since then, we’ve seen:
More right-to-work laws
Fewer project labor agreements
Attacks on prevailing wage laws
Gutting of safety rules
But we can stop it. How?
The maps below show how the highly-politicized redistricting process often results in boundaries that either split similar voters among multiple districts or pack them together. The strategies are different, but they share the same effect – marginalizing one set of voters to benefit those in power.