Gerrymandering makes ‘change’ elections impossible

November 18, 2016

Washington Post
Letter to the Editor

The Nov. 16 letter “For Congress, no ‘change’ election,” by David M. Cohen, questioned whether voters truly were seeking change. But it is crucial to see that over the past decade the gerrymandering of congressional districts after the 2010 Census was under the control of predominantly Republican governors and state legislatures; those lawmakers drew the districts to get a greater number of “safe seats” by concentrating the greatest number of registered Republicans in a larger number of districts and drawing fewer districts where potential voters are non-Republicans.