As Democrats anticipate a big electoral victory and plan for the next administration, they are also looking far ahead in their desire to solidify those gains by setting up a new umbrella group focused on redistricting reform, Politico reports.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder will head the group, called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, with the aim of changing the gerrymandering that's made winning a House majority far more difficult.
The committee has been developed in close consultation with the White House, and President Barack Obama has reportedly decided this will be the main focus of his political activity after his term ends.
The group has already been seeking out donors and trying to put together its first phase action plan for December in a few states with a goal towards coordination across gubernatorial, state legislative and House races going into the 2018 midterms, according to Politico.
Democrats are trying to rebound from a bold Republican plan in the 2010 midterm elections that helped guarantee GOP dominance in legislative districts, Vox reports, by "targeting states where the legislature is in charge of redistricting, flipping as many chambers as possible, taking control of the process, and redrawing the lines (which is done once every 10 years after the taking of the census)," according to David Daley, author of Ratf*****: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy.
Most analysts agree that this strategy, along with other factors, guaranteed that it is extremely unlikely that Democrats will be able to take back control of the House this election, even with an overwhelming victory in the presidential election and regaining control of the Senate, which, of course, is not selected according to district voting.
With that in mind, Democrats know that the governors that emerge victorious in 2017 and 2018 are those who will be in office to approve the maps for the 2022 elections, which will be drawn up by the state legislators who will be voted in along with them, Politico reports.
So the plan is to put an emphasis on maximizing resources and impact, especially in high opportunity areas, in an attempt to push up their numbers as much as possible ahead of the 2020 census.
"American voters deserve fair maps that represent our diverse communities, and we need a coordinated strategy to make that happen," Holder told Politico.
"This unprecedented new effort will ensure Democrats have a seat at the table to create fairer maps after 2020."
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