… and you won’t be surprised to know that GerryMander isn’t pleased. The discussion was about the status of his job, so he’s a bit jittery.
The North Carolina casedirectly asked the Court to determine whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutional. At issue are congressional election district maps drawn in 2016 that were ruled unconstitutional by a lower court three-judge panel.
In NC, the majority political party in the state legislature draws those maps after completion of the national census every ten years. Do political parties rig those maps to maintain their own power? You bet they do! That’s why Maeve – our heroine – continues “flushing GerryMander” every chance she gets. Watch her “disappear” the slippery rascal:
Splendid work, Maeve … and what did the Court and interested parties have to say on Tuesday?
“Does one person have one vote that counts equally with others if the impact of her vote is reduced based on her party affiliations?” asked Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh said he was not going to dispute that “extreme partisan gerrymandering is a realproblem for our democracy.”
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper in a Washington Post op-ed were clear on this: “Elections should be decided by the voters. Under the current system, politicians devise maps that make some votes count more than others. They rig the system with impunity.”
And finally, from Arnold Schwarzenegger – the “Terminator” and former governor of California – called gerrymandering a “national scandal” and said “It’s a disservice to the the people. It’s not representative government. It is a misrepresentative government.”
Bravo! They all hit the nail squarely on the head! Gerrymandering needs to go, to be replaced with fair maps and fair districts … NOW! While this might very well be the landmark case that ends gerrymandering in North Carolina, we won’t know the Supreme Court’s decision until June, and the nine justices may not make it go away. Time is waning for fair maps by 2020, so don’t be lulled into thinking that someone else will save our democracy. It’s up to us, We the People.