Gerrymandering

The Supreme Court will be starting arguments in cases from N. Carolina and in Maryland, in March/April 2019. This is a suggested platform point in my political movement/party. I contend that gerrymandering should be removed from the partisan process.  There are many who argue that the only way to do this is to have non-elected commissions draw the maps.

The constitution states one vote for one person. Our founding fathers did not have the intent for elected officials to have a right to map the districts so that their party has an extreme advantage to be elected, I would say.  Therefore, gerrymandering of weirdly shaped districts to get more elected from either party (Republican or Democrat) goes against this premise. 

I am just throwing out this idea. What if the US was mapped in a grid, square system?

It is time for more reasonably minded supreme court justices. It is said that the conservatives at the current time want to leave things as they are. So, where are supreme court justices who really wish to uphold the tenets of our constitution?

Justices have “dodged the issue of gerrymandering for decades, gridlocked over whether it is even possible to distinguish acceptably partisan maps from unconstitutional ones.”

“Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. worried aloud last year that creating a legal standard to identify partisan gerrymanders would turn the court into a sort of electoral kingmaker.” link, Times Article below.

I wonder if Roberts understands that it is the supreme court’s responsibility to uphold the constitution, not to dodge straightening out the “unfairness” of gerrymandering. In Ohio, the vote was put on the ballot and the people of Ohio voted to remove gerrymandering, as of 2021.

Under the Ohio law, “Under its provisions, drawing new district boundaries must entail as few splits of counties, municipalities and townships as possible. Preference must be given to the preservation of large counties and municipalities.”

links:

CNN discussion by Don Lemon with professor Higgins and the author Joan Biskupic, who wrote a book about Chief Justice Roberts

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ohio-gerrymandering_us_563a5c76e4b0411d306f487e