In Don Tortorice’s recent column the Supreme Court’s decision on gerrymandering he cites many issues regarding the cases but not reasonable solutions.
Yes, there is partisanship. Maryland has no Republican representation in Congress; Republicans in North Carolina control 10 of 13 seats with two open at this time. So if we have absolute fairness and North Carolina is pretty much equally divided according to the last election, then there should be about 7-8 Republicans and the same amount of Democrats.
Then what about the people who are libertarians or those in the Green party? How does this perfect equality affect them? Article I section 4 of the Constitution provides that “the times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof.”
Iowa and Arizona seem to have gotten it right. In Iowa districts have been drawn each decade by a nonpartisan legislative staff. In Arizona their voter-approved system has been in place for almost two decades and has been a national model for other states.
Obviously there is a lack of fairness and transparency here in North Carolina and Maryland, but in reviewing many documents, I just don’t see how the U.S. Supreme Court could come up with a decision that couldn’t be worked out with solutions that have already presented themselves in other states that have found reasonable compromise and transparency.
Larry Townsend, Pinehurst