In this and coming posts I will address the following topics:
Part 1: Developing a “tell” for partisan gerrymandering, and evidence for partisan asymmetry.
Part 2: An estimate of how many people have been disenfranchised.
Part 2/3: Steps that would re-enfranchise voters by 2020 or sooner.
There are some simple lessons to take away from this.
Republican-controlled redistricting led to a swing in margin of at least* 26 seats, almost as large as the 31-seat majority of the new Congress. Those actions created a new power reality in the House – or more accurately, retained the old power reality.
In the states listed above, the net effect of both parties’ redistricting combined was R+11.5 seats. Putting all of this redistricting into nonpartisan commissions would lead to a swing of at least 23 seats. The resulting seat count would be 213 D, 222 R or even closer. It is possible that in the absence of partisan gerrymandering, control would have been within reach for the Democrats.