Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This Case Could End Partisan Gerrymandering

Common Cause v. Rucho is the case that could end Partisan Gerrymandering.

On Aug. 5th, my birthday, Common Cause filed a lawsuit in North Carolina where State Legislators created Partisan Gerrymandered Congressional maps, unconstitutionally robbing hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians of their Constitutional right to elect the candidate of their choice.

Voters should choose politicians; politicians should not choose voters. Letting politicians handpick their constituents bears no resemblance to a Government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Common Cause is fighting unlawful Partisan Gerrymandering wherever they see it, but this case is the best chance to bring this issue to the U.S. Supreme Court at a time when a majority of Justices seem willing to strike down Partisan Gerrymandering for good.

Republican Legislators publicly and repeatedly stated that their goal was to Gerrymander Congressional Districts in North Carolina to ensure an overwhelming Republican majority despite an equally split electorate.

In a transcript of a meeting to draw Districts, one Legislator proposed “that we draw the maps to give a partisan advantage to ten Republicans and three Democrats because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats.”

This case, if it reaches the highest court in the land, could be what makes the U.S. Supreme Court decide that it is time to end Gerrymandering Nationally.

But a lawsuit like this will be a long, hard battle and Common Cause is digging in and committed to seeing it all the way through.

Common Cause opposes all forms of Gerrymandering as an abuse of power, regardless of Party or State. They will continue to promote solutions, such as Impartial Commissions, the participation of Nonpartisan Agencies, unbiased and clear standards, and transparency requirements, that already work in other states.

But for now, we can't let North Carolina’s Partisan Gerrymander, one of the most blatant they ever seen, stand.

CLICK HERE to find out more about the fight to end Partisan Gerrymandering once and for all.

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