Politicians on both sides of the aisle are jockeying for a structural advantage in next year’s elections and beyond, while Democrats are attempting to squeeze every last drop of power out of their limited resources. Marginalized groups are lobbying state officials to maximise their voting power, and lawsuits loom inescapably on the other side of it all.
Yes, the process of redistricting for the decennial census is already started. With draught maps starting to emerge from legislatures and redistricting commissions, now is an excellent opportunity to take a look at the current state of affairs.
The process of redistricting is underway in every state, even those with just one congressional district, as a consequence of the necessity to redraft state legislature maps as well. However, we’ll concentrate on congressional maps in a few of the states whose choices will have an impact on the fight for control of the House of Representatives in the next year. (Other states, such as Texas, which is gaining two seats and may turn out to be a gold mine for Republicans, are too early in the process to publish anything meaningful, but keep an eye on this space.)
The possible change in political energy has been highlighted under the borders of each state. However, bear in mind that there is still plenty of time for ideas to be revised or changed.