Commentary, Defending Democracy

National legal experts: Unless Supreme Court acts, NC gerrymandering will become the national norm

On his website, Election Law Blog, University of California, Irvine law professor Rick Hasen had a fascinating and extremely important post yesterday in the aftermath of Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court argument in the Wisconsin political gerrymandering case, Gill v. Whitford.

In “Justice Kennedy’s Partisan Gerrymandering Hypothetical is North Carolina’s Reality,” Hasen cites national redistricting expert Micheal Li’s analysis for the premise that unless the Court acts to limit gerrymandering, North Carolina’s rigged elections will become the national norm.

Li notes that in a hypothetical posed by Justice Kennedy (at left), the objectionable situation described is precisely what’s been happening in North Carolina. For confirmation, Li inks to an August, 2016 Charlotte Observer story which quotes Rep. David Lewis making patently clear that GOP maps were designed specifically to provide Republicans with a partisan advantage.

Hasen sums things up this way:

“Not to put too fine a point on it, but if the Court does not rein in partisan gerrymandering, it will be North Carolina that will be the norm, and it surely will make things even worse in terms of the public’s views of our democratic process.”

Check Also

Congressman Dan Bishop should be held to account for his shameful and possibly illegal act

The behavior of President Trump’s Republican defenders in ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

North Carolinians were presented with more than a dozen congressional maps by Tuesday night and had [...]

After a weeks-long storm of investigations, leaks and accusations of unethical behavior on North Car [...]

When it began in 1919, it was “Armistice Day” — a celebration of the end of World War I. It became a [...]

Peter Romary worked for UNC board member Tom Fetzer, but claimed connections to Senate leader Phil B [...]

“The hymn in church yesterday,” Dan Gerlach, the embattled former ECU interim chancellor, tweeted Su [...]

Back in the early 1990’s, the late and sorely missed Bob Hensley – a talented, feisty and frequently [...]

The post Berger on shaky ground appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Today marks 100 days since I filed an official request with the Department of Public Instruction to [...]