Quad City Times — Lawmakers across the country are protecting themselves by drawing favorable legislative boundaries, according to an Associated Press analysis.
The issue has reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which plans to hear a case involving accusations in Wisconsin of unconstitutional gerrymandering, a process by which lawmakers create political boundaries that condense friendly voters, thus making it easier for them to retain control of a legislative seat.
The AP’s analysis found evidence that political gerrymandering has occurred in almost half of U.S. states.
The AP found both political parties benefitted in states where there was evidence of gerrymandering, although Republicans were helped more often. The AP analysis found four times as many states with Republican-skewed statehouse districts, and nearly three times as many states — among the country’s 12 most populous — with GOP-tilted U.S. House districts.
Iowa was not among the states whose legislative seats were unfairly skewed toward either party.