Gerrymandering could take power from booming communities of color


In 2013, the Supreme Court knocked out a section of the Voting Rights Act that required states with a history of racial discrimination — largely in the South — to get pre-clearance from the Justice Department before adopting their redistricting maps. The requirement shed light on gerrymandered local districts, which doesn't get the same news coverage as congressional districts. Now "there may not be anybody there to notice; bring a lawsuit," Paul Smith, VP of litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, told Axios.

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