PRESIDENT Obama is set to return to US politics by leading a fundraiser to help Democrats challenge the Republican party by changing voting boundaries.
The former leader of the free world will throw his weight behind a Democratic fundraiser that looks to challenge gerrymandering through state races and lawsuits.
Gerrymandering is the process of changing a constituency’s boundaries so one party gains an advantage in elections by ensuring the party’s supporters are concentrated in one area.
The Democrats have accused Republican lawmakers of the practice in states like Ohio, where 12 out of 16 seats returned Republican congressmen in 2014 despite 40 per cent of voters in the state backing Democratic candidates.
Obama’s spokesman Kevin Lewis said the 44th President wants to support the committee’s “efforts to address unfair gerrymandering practices that leave too many American voters feeling voiceless in the electoral process”.
He added: “Restoring fairness to our democracy by advocating for fairer, more inclusive district maps around the country is a priority for President Obama.”
The chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee Eric Holder, who served as Attorney General under President Obama, has frequently updated the former leader on his plans to shift the voting boundaries.
He said: ”The National Democratic Redistricting Committee is proud to have the support of President Obama as we work to undo gerrymandering and create fairer representation in our democracy.”