Case Study: Michigan

Fewer Votes, More Seats for Michigan Republicans

Try and imagine a jagged letter ’S’ lying on its side. Too difficult to picture? Just look at Michigan’s 14th congressional district. The twisted letter is, in fact, a Republican tactic aimed at unfairly bunching together Democratic voters.

Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Republicans are the architects of this deformed alphabet of congressional districts. After victory in 2010, they redrew congressional lines. The result: Republicans disproportionately represent Michigan, which resoundingly voted to re-elect President Obama. The GOP holds a 9-5 GOP advantage over the congressional delegation.

According to Bloomberg News, Michigan provides “one of the best illustrations” of how gerrymandering helped “give Republicans the upper hand.”

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