Illinois' Opportunity to Draw Its Way Out of Gerrymandering Mess

In Illinois, victorious politicians secretly pick the voters, not the other way around. Political leaders, the ultimate arbiters of redistricting, game the system by designing districts to produce the results they favor.

Gerrymandering is easy to pull off. All the pols need to do is jam voters who are likely to support the opposition into throwaway districts to give the other side a few huge, but ultimately insignificant, wins. Such “packing” is complemented by “cracking,” spreading opposing groups around several districts where they will never muster enough voting power to score a victory.

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