Thomas Mills writes today about the toxic impacts of partisan redistricting, something that BlueNC has challenged for ten years now. It was wrong when Democrats did it back in the day, and it's wrong now that Republicans are doing it.
But even more damnable than the parties who put this terrible practice into place are the courts and the Boards of Elections that have allowed it to stand.
Just so you understand, we have in America a system for managing elections that allows for blatant discrimination against people based on which party they belong to, who their friends are, what nationality they are, what neighborhoods they live in, how old they are, and more. The only thing we can't discriminate on is race, and even that rule has been undermined by recent court rulings.
All the splitting of hairs we see in court and in boards of elections these days is meaningless because it misses the ugly elephant in the room. Our system is government is a screwed-up mess, gamed by whoever is on top to keep their privilege for as long as possible.
Every candidate should be speaking to this issue as a fundamental and fatal flaw in our democracy. Every chairperson of every Board of Elections, including our state board chair, should declare our system corrupt and unworkable. But none of them will. They'll simply go along, playing their petty part in the grand charade.