How Voting Rights Fared in the NDRC’s 12 Target States

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The NDRC’s 2018 target states

The truth is, we have to organize to help make voting easier for people. There are far too many people who are currently in power who have wielded their power to restrict the vote as much as possible. But the tide is turning.

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), led by Eric Holder and supported by President Obama, was formed to tackle redistricting reform. For the 2017/2018 elections cycle, they targeted 12 states where they wanted to make big strides to improve voting rights. They targeted big statewide races like governor’s seats, plus specific state legislatures, and even down ballot races and ballot measures in states where redistricting reform was crucial.

The midterms last week didn’t give them a clean sweep, but you can see the hopeful shifts and momentum in the states and races that they focused on:

COLORADO
Governor – Democratic hold
State Senate – Flipped Democratic

FLORIDA
Governor – Not decided yet (Andrew Gillum vs. Ron DeSantis)
State Senate – GOP holds, no change

GEORGIA
Governor – Not decided yet (Stacey Abrams vs. Brian Kemp)
State Senate – GOP holds, but Democrats improve from 1937 to 2036

MICHIGAN
Governor – Flipped Democratic
State Senate – GOP holds, but Democrats improve from 1027 to 1622
State House – GOP holds, but Democrats improve from 4663 to 5259
State Supreme Court – Democrats flip one of the two seats they were targeting
Ballot Initiative – Proposal 3 passes, which institutes automatic voter registration and makes voting easier in many ways

MINNESOTA
Governor – Democratic hold
State Senate – Not decided yet, Senate was 3333, now is 3334 but there’s one vacant seat
State House – Flipped Democratic

NEVADA
Governor – Flipped Democratic
State Senate – Democrats lead improved from 108 to 138
State Assembly – Democrats lead improved 2714 to 2712

NORTH CAROLINA
State Senate – GOP holds, but Democrats improve from 1534 to 2129
State House – GOP holds, but Democrats improve from 4575 to 5466
State Supreme Court – Democrats flipped the seat they were targeting

OHIO
Governor – GOP holds
State Senate – GOP holds, Democrats lose one seat
State House – GOP holds, but Democrats improve from 3266 to 3663
Secretary of State – GOP holds
State Auditor – GOP holds

PENNSYLVANIA
Governor – Democratic hold
State Senate – GOP holds, but Democrats improve from 1633 to 2128
State House – GOP holds, but Democrats improve from 79120 to 91108

TEXAS
State Senate – GOP holds, but Democrats improve from 1021 to 1219
State House – GOP holds, but Democrats improve from 5593 to 6577

VIRGINIA
Governor – Democratic hold (this election was in 2017)
House of Delegates – Democrats flipped 15 seats to make it 5149 (in 2017)

WISCONSIN
Governor – Flipped Democratic
State Senate – GOP holds and gains one seat

If you care about increasing voting rights around the country, and influencing the way we redistrict, then focusing on gains we can make at the state-level is the effective way to go. I encourage you to check out the NDRC, donate to their efforts if you can, and definitely sign up to get their updates.

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