Opinion: Redistricting might gain Republicans a few seats in Congress. Their real gains will be in state legislatures.
- May 4, 2021
- Tony Smith, poli sci, The Washington Post, May 4, 2021 (Opinion)
Charles Anthony Smith, UCI political science & law professor and others write, “In many states, the legislature is in charge of redistricting both its own election boundaries and those for Congress. That means the controlling party can protect its majorities and influence the political makeup of Congress for the next decade and beyond. Because the U.S. Constitution gives the states broad discretion administering elections, state legislative gerrymandering means political parties can enact laws that make it more difficult to vote, thereby suppressing their political opponents.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]
For the full story, please visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/05/04/redistricting-might-gain-republicans-few-seats-congress-their-real-gains-will-be-state-legislatures/.