The supreme court in Pennsylvania declared the boundaries of the state’s 18 congressional districts to be unconstitutional under that state’s constitution. Court battles are active throughout the country, most notably in North Carolina and Wisconsin.
The balance of power in the House of Representatives depends just as much upon legal wrangling as it does the electorate in 2018.
These days, the reflex of partisans in America is to alarm citizens that something is being taken away from them by every new twist in every political plot. We have reached an emotional depression as citizens where our reactions depend upon a shock. Instead of representing us, or competing over ideas, today’s politicians jab us with electricity to make us jump their way.
A radio ad might have a voice over like this:
If you are sick and tired of the politicians in your state’s legislature picking their voters, instead of the other way around, wait until the unelected judges do it.
Maybe nothing is new.
Lawyers and cartographers employed by both political parties are, once again, testing theories to advantage their candidates in front of judges, throwing terms around such as “communities of interest” and “efficiency gaps” in order to persuade the courts that some maps are so unfair that they disenfranchise voters.
I’m going to pause my usual skepticism. I live and vote in one of the nation’s most gerrymandered districts — Maryland’s Third.
So, I’m like the Jim Carrey character who thinks he has a chance. On the other hand, there is this brief by Bill Watterson’s Calvin (named after a man who preached “predestination”) and Hobbes (named after a philosopher whose thoughts helped shape America):