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Voters Rejected Gerrymandering In 2018, But Some Lawmakers Try To Hold Power

Even as public distaste for gerrymandering led to a wave of successful ballot initiatives this fall, plenty of lawmakers are still trying to make sure they control how political boundaries are drawn.

The issue of gerrymandering — the ability of politicians to draw legislative districts to benefit their own party — burst into view as a major political issue in 2018.

Even as voters and courts vigorously rejected the practice this year, politicians in some states are doing their best to remain in control of the redistricting process. Critics argue that amounts to letting politicians pick their own voters.

"It's an indication of how desperate legislators are to cling to power that they're willing to give the middle finger to voters in their state," said Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Law School in

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