Brian Howey has a good column entitled HOWEY: Gerrymandering prolongs lack of fair representation. He’s quick to point out that it’s a bipartisan enterprise, but this cycle gerrymandering seems to be advantage: Republican. Nationally, they received 1% fewer votes than the Democrats but won 54% of the House seats. In the state, they took 54% of the vote but 69% of the House seats.
This go-round, Republicans are making soothing sounds about how redistricting should take place, but you can be reasonably sure nothing will happen. Democrats are probably a little more earnest about a non-partisan redistricting plan simply because they’re on the losing end of it. My guess is that Libertarians, if asked, would give you an earful about electoral reforms that need to happen; gerrymandering being only one.
The problem is that structurally, the people who have to agree to the changes are the people who (in the short term anyway) necessarily have benefited from the status quo.
The only way significant changes are likely to be made is if it gets attention and a critical mass from below among the people.