If you've followed gerrymandering cases at all, you come face to face with a very weird reality. Our laws generally say it's just fine to discriminate against voters based on any other criteria besides race. So all the convoluted districts designed to achieve political goals by discriminating against members of another political party, for example, have been considered to be just fine. Until now.
Here's the headline from the LA Times: Florida redistricting illegally favors Republicans.
A Florida judge ruled the state's congressional district map invalid Thursday night, saying it violates constitutional provisions that require fair districts and instead favors Republicans.
I've always thought it insane that various parties haven't gone straight to the heart of the matter in challenging gerrymandered districts for criteria other than race, and I predict this Florida case will break open the floodgates all across America, forcing districts to be redrawn at every electoral level, including here in North Carolina.
In our state, Republicans have a supermajority in the US House, even though they barely won a majority of the popular vote. The same situation exists in the General Assembly. It is an outrage and an insult to democracy.