On Our Mind: Gerrymandering

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"Conservative lawmakers are conjuring up voter suppression tactics ahead of the election this year so they can manipulate the maps in 2021. From forcing voters to cast their ballots in-person during a pandemic to imposing restrictive photo ID requirements, hyper-partisan officials would rather dilute certain votes to hold on to power than be held accountable in a system of fair representation. To return our government to everyday people, it's going to take folks like us stepping up.

For decades, we've seen conservatives deconstruct "big government" initiatives. But that destruction hit a boiling point after the 2011 redistricting process.

By gerrymandering themselves into power, conservatives were able to use their state-level majorities to hollow out government capacity -- from gutting environmental protections that safeguard our health to reversing common-sense gun violence prevention laws that were meant to keep our communities safe.

With gerrymandered districts, state legislators became beholden to tea party extremists, the Koch brothers, and ALEC -- instead of their constituents." National Democratic Redistricting Committee

Gerrymandering, of course, targets for disenfranchisement people of color, young voters, and poorer voters. Hot beds of gerrymandering are Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin...among many others. Do you want to learn more about what the National Democratic Redistricting Committee is doing to combat gerrymandering in the 2020 elections? Go to their website: https://democraticredistricting.com/

Here's how it's done:

Thanks to Stephanie Lenogue for creating this infographic expressly for DA France.