2017-10-05 21:16:58

Supreme Court Cast on Gerrymandering Could Change US Politics

GUEST: David Daley, editor-in-chief of Salon, Digital Media Fellow for the Wilson Center for Humanities and the Arts, and the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, author of the new book, Rat F**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy.

BACKGROUND: The US Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that tackles an obscure sounding electoral procedure but that could have massive implications for our political system. On Tuesday justices took up a case on "gerrymandering," the practice of highly partisan redistricting that favors one party over another. Both major parties engage in it, but the Republican Party has been especially overt in its agenda to grab power through skewed district lines.

One example before the Supreme Court is the state of Wisconsin, where Republicans held 60 out of 99 legislative seats even though their candidates won less than half of all votes.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said during the arguments, "[I]f you can stack a legislature in this way, what incentive is there for a voter to exercise his vote? Whether it's a Democratic district or a Republican district, the result — using this map, the result is preordained in most of the districts."

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