S2E17: Project redmap

In today’s show I discuss project redmap and the fairly recent history of some of the worst gerrymandering in the country.

So called “purple” or swing states of North Carolina, Wisconsin and Ohio have gone from trending blue to reliably red.

How did it happen? Take a listen:

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S2E17

In Ohio, the deeply gerrymandered state has Democratic voters almost split even with Republicans, yet their voting power is greatly reduced.

Studies project growth in the state to suffer by 2022. The buckeye state may actually lose a seat in the US House because of it.

Voters in 2018 passed issue 1 to change the state constitution to reduce gerrymandering.

On March 4th a panel of three federal judges in the Southern District of Ohio will hear a gerrymander case brought by the League of Women voters.

The former AG and now governor Mike Dewine is trying to get the case tossed.

If plaintiffs are successful, a new map could be redrawn for 2020.

North Carolina is so deeply gerrymandered, A&T University, which was comfortably in a safely democratic district, was cracked in half.

For residents living in the dorms on the university, the location is key.

Those looking to move from one side of campus to the other are forced to re register to vote in the new district.

Fortunately Democrats and civil rights groups have fought back. Most recently they have successfully won a Republican challenge in federal court.

However, the Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear the North Carolina and Maryland gerrymander cases.

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