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The House isn’t competitive in 2016. But gerrymandering is on trial.

February 23, 2016

By Amber Phillips
The Washington Post

The House of Representatives is increasingly partisan because the districts lawmakers represent are increasingly partisan.

Political scientists think there are a few reasons for this polarization, but one that tops many of their lists — though not all — is congressional districts often drawn weirdly to help one party or another, a.k.a. “gerrymandering.” And if gerrymandering can make districts less competitive, it stands to reason that non-politicians redrawing the same lines can make districts more competitive.

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