With the census just a few years away, followed closely by a presidential race, Democrats are scrambling now to prevent district remapping, or gerrymandering, based on partisanship. The case challenging the redistricting in Wisconsin, Gill v. Whitford, will go before the supreme court in early October.
Democrats in Wisconsin object to the use of computer modeling that redraws voting districts in order to concentrate democrat voters into fewer districts, thus assuring majorities in the state house for Republicans for the foreseeable future. Now that Democrats have marginalized themselves at the local level, the plaintiffs want the supreme court to put a stop gerrymandering altogether.
The loss of all those state houses is having a devastating impact on the Democrat party’s relevance outside of their liberal enclaves and probably drives the divisive politics they increasingly have to rely on to hold the few seats left to them.