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The “For the People Act” currently being proposed by House Democrats would transform the way the U.S. runs federal elections. One provision stands out from the rest: the one that would end state-level gerrymandering by requiring that all legislative districts be set by independent, nonpartisan commissions, rather than by the state legislatures, Columnist Noah Feldman says.

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Legislatures across the U.S. are considering more than 100 bills aimed at restricting voter access, according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice. The bills represent a direct, partisan reaction to the Democrats’ success in the 2020 election, when high turnout and mail-in voting powered blue victories in closely divided states like Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania. How likely are ...

HR 1, the so-called For the People Act of 2019, would reform election and voting laws nationwide, including new rules to eliminate partisan gerrymandering. State commissions would be required to come up with congressional district boundaries that have roughly equal total population; comply with existing federal laws; provide racial, ethnic and language minorities with an equal opportunity to participate in the political process; respect communities of interest, neighborhoods and political subdivisions as far as is practical; and not favor or disfavor any political party.

Progressives launched the litigation campaign for a federal ruling on partisan gerrymandering at a time when it seemed that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency in 2016, ensuring a sympathetic majority on the Supreme Court thereafter.

Now that that strategy has played out, they should be breathing a sigh of relief or thanking the chief justice, not bemoaning the court's supposed complacency.

The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are, “We the People.” The Constitution itself, our institutions of government, the democratic process — all were established to give Americans a voice in their own governance. We are still striving to make that vision real for all, but we are closer than ever.

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