By Michael Malone
Last year’s U.S. Supreme Court Benisek v. Lamone decision, which arose from Maryland’s grotesquely gerrymandered congressional districts, squarely placed redistricting reform in the hands of individual states.
I agree with the court’s blistering dissent in Benisek: “artificially drawn districts shift influence from swing voters to party-base voters who participate in primaries; make bipartisanship and pragmatic compromise politically difficult or impossible; and drive voters away from an ever more dysfunctional political process…. creating a legislative environment that is both ‘toxic’ and ‘tribal’… Gerrymandering, in short, helps create the polarized political system that so many Americans loathe.”
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