Democratic effort led by ex-AG Holder targets swing states

A new Democratic coalition led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder aims to undo what he denounces as a “rigged political process.”

He says the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts after the 2010 Census has allowed Republicans to maintain and expand their hold on political power.

For example, Republicans won a 241-194 majority over Democrats in last year’s U.S. House elections even though they edged Democrats by just 1 percentage point in the nationwide popular vote.

Holder says that disproportionate ratio is partly the result of partisan gerrymandering engineered by Republicans, who now control about two-thirds of all state legislatures.

The next redistricting will take place after the 2020 Census. Democrats’ new strategy focuses on elections for governors and state legislators, court cases or ballot initiatives.