This is what the new gerrymandered Ohio district centered on Columbus looks like. It’s a beaut.
Unlike Luis Gutierrez’ famous “earmuffs” district in Chicago, this district wasn’t drawn as a majority-minority district for Voting Rights Act compliance. (The VRA requires the creation of majority-minority districts.) It was drawn purely as a Democratic vote sink.
This is a great early example of what the GOP is going to be able to do now that the party has unprecedented control over redistricting in the wake of massive state-level victories in the 2010 elections. For more, check out this story.
That’s Tom Little, the man in charge of redrawing Vermont’s 30 state senate seats to adjust for the results of the 2010 census, describing his reaction after he looked at the map that his commission drew and realized that it had 31 senate seats on it. Oops!