Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Texas Redistricting: Racial Gerrymandering

The Supreme Court says states can redraw Congressional Districts whenever they like, not just every ten years after a census.

I don't like the idea of having my representatives shifted about at any time for the political expediency of those who manage to eek out a majority. It's hard enough getting people involved and empowered without confusing them about who their representative is and making them feel no sense of stability or surety.

But at least the court acknowledged that District 23 in Texas was gerrymandered purely for racial disenfranchisement. Barely.
The court’s four most conservative members opposed the part of the decision that found a violation of the Voting Rights Act.

Justice Antonin Scalia complained that the court should have shut the door on claims of political gerrymandering in map drawing.

'Cause the last thing a hypocritical prick like Scalia wants is an accurate representation of the country's political leanings, or he'd never have had a job.

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