“Ultimately, if you gave politicians the opportunity to draw the lines to advantage themselves, they will do just that,” said University of Mary Washington professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies Stephen Farnsworth.
“The real losers in redistricting are voters. They’re deprived of the opportunity to have competitive elections where they might. They’re deprived of the opportunity to have districts that are fully focused on their jurisdiction. These are some of the bi-products of redistricting that are really damaging,” said Farnsworth.