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The last midterm elections sent a clear message that Americans were tired of the gerrymandering that often determines elections. In Virginia and around the country, the Democrats won the initiative on one powerful way to control elections in their favor: by drawing clean electoral districts.

Much has been made of Republicans gerrymandering “blue wall” states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin with maps that leaned heavily in their favor. But Democrats have drawn pretty maps of their own.

Virginia Democrats drew an unofficial solution for “out-of-whack” districts. The state’s nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency redrawed districts, securing the reelection of all the Democratic lawmakers in both chambers. The GOP retained its majority in the House of Delegates and Virginia’s Senate but with slightly reduced margins. One party is now, at long last, one step closer to changing the way American democracy operates.

Read the full story at Slate.

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