In the 2016 election, Michigan House Republicans edged out Democrats by just 3,000 votes. Yet, the GOP won more than 57 percent of all state House seats. Their victory was the result of creative map making.
State legislative districts are drawn by whichever political party is in power. Both Democrats and Republicans tend to draw those boundaries to consolidate their voting base. The practice is called “gerrymandering,” and opponents say it diminishes the voice of the people.