Originally published in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
With state and congressional redistricting underway in Harrisburg, many politicians have blamed “partisan gerrymandering” for past election losses. But this is another instance when the conventional wisdom gets it wrong. Redistricting-watchers fearing an electoral apocalypse and those hoping for a clear path to victory need a healthy dose of reality.
Voters care little about district lines — what they do care about is how public policy impacts their lives. The truth is, redistricting explains little in terms of electoral results, and many of the controversies surrounding the process are blown out of proportion.
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