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What is gerrymandering and why is it problematic? - a simple visual aid.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal courts have no rule to play in adjudicating questions of partisan gerrymandering, essentially letting individual states decide how best to deal with the question. In most states, the drawing of congressional and legislative districts is handled by state legislatures. That creates a strong incentive for partisan lawmakers to draw districts in a way that benefits their own party. ' Here’s how it works doe politicians to pick the people instead of the people picking the candidates.

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Simple enough, and the laws that set this procedure to be fair is being disabled.. It is also clear that our 'Justice' department has been corrupted by partisan politics, and the only thing that is 'supreme' about them is their utter contempt for our electoral process, and the need for elections to be clear about the will of the people.

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"Arbitrary and capricious: It was a big day at the Supreme Court. First, the court ruled against the proposed 2020 census citizenship question, which had nakedly discriminatory motives. Mark Joseph Stern breaks down the opinion and why it will be difficult for the Trump administration to revive the question, while Richard Hasen points out how it's still possible. Second, the court refused to rein in partisan gerrymandering, which Stern condemned as the "most disastrous betrayal of the First Amendment in recent memory." Dahlia Lithwick lays out the cowardice of the decision and the threat it poses to participatory democracy."

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The justices only temporarily struck down the Trump administration's racist citizenship question on the 2020 census, which was designed to target immigrants and suppress the counting of people of color, distorting virtually everything the federal government does.


This is of course just one plank in the widespread GOP attempts to corrupt our democracy for their own benefit.Republicans notoriously use gerrymandering to make it nearly impossible for many of them to be voted out of office, often by targeting minority voting rights. If you need proof, just take a look at the 2018 midterms. It is now up to Congress and state legislatures to enact new policies to end partisan gerrymandering.

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