Commentary, Defending Democracy

Editorial: Most recent GOP gerrymandering proves need for nonpartisan redistricting

The Fayetteville Observer is on the money again this morning with its assessment of the federal court fight over legislative redistricting that continues to drag on in Greensboro. The conclusion: If this doesn’t prove the need for nonpartisan redistricting that puts an end to political gerrymandering, nothing will.

After explaining that federal judges will hear again from the parties in the litigation that’s been going on for years again this Friday, the editorial (“Need more proof that you can’t fix gerrymandering?”) concludes this way:

“Meanwhile, how do candidates get ready to run? Their filing period opens in mid-February and their primary is in early May. How do you campaign when you don’t even know what your district boundaries are? We’d like to assume that the redistricting issues will be settled before candidates have to file for office, but we’ve wanted to assume that in the past, and the courts have consistently found fault with the updated districts.

All of this is our latest evidence that the American system of gerrymandering is finally broken beyond repair. There’s even been some discussion at the U.S. Supreme Court that signals the justices’ willingness to rethink the redistricting-is-inherently-political doctrine. It’s about time.

Even as support has grown across North Carolina for handing redistricting over to an independent, nonpartisan commission, our lawmakers have continued their almost laughably hypocritical dance around the issue. Several of the Republicans now in top leadership positions were, when they were the minority party, sponsors of legislation that would create just such a commission. Likewise, Democrats who now are pressing for the commission wouldn’t hear of it when they ruled the roost. Meanwhile, the current crop of Republicans is working harder than any group we’ve yet seen to thoroughly politicize every elected position, down to district court judges and even school boards.

If North Carolina lawmakers won’t hand redistricting over to an independent board, then it’s time for another flurry of lawsuits that will push the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court in a drive to finally toss out political gerrymandering.”

Click here to read the entire editorial.

Check Also

GOP fiddles while Trump shutdown mess grows more dire by the day

In case you missed it, be sure to ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

“Is this person a citizen of the United States?” To some that might seem like a simple question to p [...]

Many Robeson County residents have drinking water that is more acidic than strong black coffee, whil [...]

Cases from NC, Virginia, Maryland could provide vehicle for Supreme Court to issue a definitive ruli [...]

At the corner of 4th and Liberty Streets in downtown Winston-Salem, the city is changing. A construc [...]

Same-sex couples in North Carolina won the freedom to marry in 2014, but LGBTQ people continue to be [...]

At long last, we’ve learned who UNC Chancellor Carol Folt is, just in time to say farewell. Folt’s i [...]

If there’s a single most maddening and telling hallmark of the hard Right leadership that’s dominate [...]

Did you know that student performance in North Carolina charter schools is increasingly falling behi [...]