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- Posted: February 21, 2014
- Author(s): Christopher Zieja, Devin McCarthy
- Categories: Congressional Elections, Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Home, Redistricting
Nowhere in the United States are the pernicious effects of gerrymandering and winner-take-all, single-member districts more clearly visible than in the South. In the line of states running from Louisiana to Virginia, congressional races are nearly universally uncompetitive, Democrats are systematically disadvantaged, and African Americans are underrepresented in spite of the Voting Rights Act.
Through the use of sample maps, this report examines the impact that different redistricting criteria would have on partisan and racial representation in the South.