The politicians are hollering, again, about redistricting – about the new State House and Senate district maps drawn by the federal judges ‘Special Mapmaker.’ But look beneath the surface: What’s surprising is how few districts changed. And how little those districts changed. The News and Observer analyzed the new maps:
One district changed from .4% Republican to 1.2% Democratic.
Another changed from a tie to 1.8% Democratic.
A third changed from 1.7% Republican to 1.8% Democratic.
A fourth got a tad more Republican.
A fifth got a tad more Democratic.
A sixth changed from 53% Republican to 49% Republican and 49% Democratic.
Only the last new district – the seventh – had a significant shift from ‘Lean Republican’ to +7% Democratic.
What has six years of politicians hollering at each other accomplished? One major change in one district.