5. Gerrymandering could take power from booming communities of color

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Communities of color are driving population growth in states like Texas, North Carolina and Florida, but gerrymandering could limit their representation in Congress as district lines are redrawn this year based on a complicated 2020 census and just plain politics.

Why it matters: When census counts are accurate and political boundaries fairly drawn, voters have more control over how their community is represented in government.

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