Monday, June 19, 2017

Supreme Court Delivers Monday Blow To GOP Over Gerrymandering; Hope Has Returned To America

Supreme Court Delivers Monday Blow To GOP Over Gerrymandering; Hope Has Returned To America

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could spell the doom for redistricting efforts that aim to give one political party or the other an advantage.



These efforts, known as gerrymandering after the first American politician to employ such tactics, Elbridge Gerry, can produce election results that are wildly inconsistent with the actual majority will of the population.

For example, in Wisconsin, the state where the case just accepted by the Supreme Court was birthed, Republicans won 60 percent of the state assembly’s seats in a recent election, but they only got 48.6 percent of the statewide two party vote.

The case just accepted by the Supreme Court is an appeal from the state of Wisconsin of a lower court ruling that found Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan to be unconstitutional. The ruling against the state has thus far been held up by both a federal district court in the state of Wisconsin and by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The aforementioned election, in which the proportion of state seats won by Republicans was significantly different from their proportion of the statewide vote, was in 2012.

The state’s 2011 gerrymandering efforts employed both “cracking” and “packing.” In the case of the former, districts are drawn in such a way so as to dilute the influence of a certain class of voters, while in the case of the latter, large numbers of a certain class of voters are “packed” into the same district.

  

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1 comment:

  1. I would not count my chickens before they hatch, especially with a Trump appointee on the bewnch

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