Arkansas Democrats’ ‘Pig Trail’ Redistricting Plan
Jason Tolbert examines the Democrats’ proposal for redistricting in Arkansas, nicknamed the “pig trail”:
The Third Congressional District, ripe with predominately Republican voters, has about 110,000 too many people, while the fourth district and the first district each need to pick up several thousand new residents.
Thus, the Democrats playing with the new Congressional maps have come up with the solution of trying to pull out a Democratic area of the third instead of the Republican areas which line the borders. The only concentration of reliably Democrat voters are in the Fayetteville area. Of course, the problem is Fayetteville is roughly 60 miles away from the fourth district with their Democrat voters tucked behind several hundred thousand voters in the Fort Smith area…
[The Fourth District lines proposed by Democrats go] around any population centers and take in roughly sixty miles of national forest to get to the Democratic voters in the Fayetteville area.
In their defense, most of the trees in that national forest have traditionally voted for Democrats.
If there’s a matching extension on the other side of the district, would that make this the “Pig Tail Restricting”?