Court Strikes Fatal Blow – Gerrymandering Out, Commission In
Well, if you can bend your voting body into a pretzel every ten years, you can have only Republican (or Democrat) voters. And isn?t that nice?
But approximately a dozen states have come up with a far better idea. They have ?independent redistricting commissions.? That means the politicians don?t draw up the voting maps. Instead an independent group of people do it.
Seven states use the commissions. That way politicians who would benefit from a redrawn district, can?t draw it up themselves.
A Republican state lawmaker wasn?t happy with the commissions, so he went to the Supreme Court. He said it wasn?t constitutional. And the highest court decided he was wrong.
The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that states can allow commissions to redraw their congressional maps.
Court For Commission
Writing for the majority, Ruth Bader Ginsberg strenuously disagreed with those in support of the gerrymandering:
?The history and purpose of the Clause?weigh heavily against such preclusion, as does the animating?principle of our Constitution that the people themselves?are the originating source of all the powers of?government.”
“(Quoting James Madison) The genius of republican liberty seems to demand . . .?not only that all power should be derived from the people,?but that those entrusted with it should be kept in dependence?on the people.?
“(Commissions) thus impede legislators?from choosing their voters instead of facilitating the?voters? choice of their representatives.”
Of course independent commissions are filled with ? people. And as we all know, that is where the trouble begins. Because after all, we are all imperfect.