GERRYMANDERING

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GERRYMANDERING

Section 2 of the 14th Amendment guarantees that “Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers”. The Equal Protection Clause uses “broad wording has led the Supreme Court to hold that all racial discrimination (including against whites, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans) is constitutionally suspect”. In Reynolds v. Sims (1964) the Supreme Court ruled that “state legislative districts should be comprised of roughly equal populations if possible”.

This does not leave much interpretation in that the US Congressional Districts should be as equal in population size to each other as possible. It is believed that political parties who approve or disapprove district lines following each census tend to arrange the districts in a manner which would politically benefit one party over another. I will push for legislation that will take all redistricting out of the hands of politicians by having an independent and non-partisan committee draw district lines solely based on the number of people required for each district. Redistricting will be presented to the House and Senate but the only way that the redistricting can be altered is by a super-majority vote in both the House and Senate.