Former Reps. Martin Frost (D-Texas) and Tom Davis (R-Va.) jointly deliver the keynote presentation during the first day of NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus. Photo credit: NAFCU/Kevin Dietsch

WASHINGTON – Computer software that allows state legislatures to draw district lines very precisely around population and voting patterns has been one of the reasons for the nation’s slide into extreme partisanship, according to a former Republican member of Congress.

Tom Davis, a former Republican representative from a Virginia district west of Washington, told attendees at NAFCU’s 2015 Congressional Caucus that the very specifically drawn and gerrymandered districts, along with other trends, have tended to mean that primary voters have gained an outsized influence on the political process.

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