“Redistricting Reform in a Democratic House”

Here’s a post of mine in the HLR Blog on redistricting legislation that the newly Democratic House could and should pass. I’ll have another post soon on voting rights reform in Congress.

Lastly, is it politically realistic for the House to enact redistricting reform? Ordinarily it isn’t. In general, the House majority party benefits from gerrymandering, and so has no interest in curbing the practice. (Consider how anti-gerrymandering bills did under Republican control of Congress. They came nowhere near a floor vote.) But we’re about to enter an unusual period in which the House majority party is the victim of gerrymandering, and had to overcome this obstacle to win House control. This is just about the most auspicious scenario imaginable for reform. Democrats should be acutely aware of how gerrymandering has undermined their electoral prospects. They should know, too, that if they fail to act, their newfound majority could soon evaporate as Republicans’ structural advantages reassert themselves.

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