Texas Congress cards get a failing grade
Even as Texans head to the polls, the state’s new congressional district map has been rated “F” by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project and RepresentUs.
Why is this important: The map gives Republicans a significant advantage over Democrats, and the ballot revealed that the districts are not geographically compact and have “more county divisions than usual.”
- Translation: This is equivalent to your teacher writing “Please come see me” at the top of your test results.
- Early voting is underway in the first election since the maps were redrawn.
Enlarge: As part of the reshuffle, Austin has actually secured a new secure Democratic congressional seat, which will likely be won by longtime U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett.
Yes, but: Texas lawmakers created this congressional district to bolster the reelection chances of a handful of Republican incumbents who occupy gerrymandered districts that encompass parts of the city and its suburbs.
The Texas map received “F”s for partisanship and geographic features, but was graded “C” for being “equally competitive against other maps that might have been drawn”.
- The Ministry of Justice sued the state, alleging that the redesigned maps discriminate against black and Latino voters. The litigation is ongoing.
To note : The ratings are based on a variety of factors, including seat competitiveness and the number of counties divided.