Opinion: political gerrymandering is bad news for the economy

Opinion: political gerrymandering is bad news for the economy

Joe Biden won the election by seven million votes, a margin of 4.5 percentage points over Donald Trump. That you know. Now consider this: Of the 155.5 million votes cast, if just 0.276% of those votes (42,918 to be exact) changed hands in Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin, Trump would still be president. That’s how close it was.

Republicans, already in the minority in the House, have lost the Senate and the White House. And yet, they also control something: the power, in most states, to redraw congressional districts based on the 2020 census.

This is a big deal for several reasons, one of which you may not be aware of: Redrawing those district lines can be bad for the economy and hit you straight in the wallet.

First of all, the background. In most states, the state legislature controls the definition of congressional districts and, as has been the case for several years, Republicans have the upper hand. According to the Washington-based National Conference of State Legislatures, Republicans control three-fifths of state legislatures. This means they can draw the lines of most congressional districts that will last until the next census in 2030.

here is a more detailed breakdown on who controls what in each state. And to show you how ridiculously crazy a congressional district can be after being chopped up for partisan purposes, well, here are six examples:


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