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After every Census, representation in Congress, state legislatures, and many state and local governing bodies significantly shifts as a result of the redistricting process.
Control of the redistricting process and the direction of our country over the next decade hang in the balance in the upcoming 2010 elections.
Voters in 35 states will determine which party will redraw congressional districts for the 2010 election and ultimately control Congress through 2022.
Following the 2000 census, Republican control of the last redistricting process in just five states – Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas – resulted in a 31-seat swing in Congress.
The top five redistricting target states in 2010:
Control of these state legislatures could be decided by just a few thousand voters.
The AV Redistricting Control Project is coordinating and supporting independent progressive and Democratic campaigns in crucial states where the power over redistricting will be determined in the 2010 elections.
The America Votes Redistricting Control Project is a comprehensive initiative to coordinate and support independent progressive and Democratic campaigns in crucial states where control of redistricting will be decided by the 2010 elections.
America Votes has overlaid competitive state legislative districts with the most competitive congressional districts to identify hotspots for redistricting and congressional control.
Hotspots are identified in 29 of the 59 most competitive congressional districts, including many freshman Democrats whose votes have made them champions for progressive issues, such as healthcare.