Today, a conversation about gerrymandering and the future of voting districts. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two gerrymandering cases – one from Maryland, the other from North Carolina.
Here in Maryland, a group of Republican voters contend that the state’s 6th Congressional District was unfairly redrawn in 2011 to favor Democrats. Gerrymandering, or the practice of manipulating voting district boundaries to give political advantage to one party, has a long tradition in America. It enjoys wide bi-partisan support among politicians who rely on it for job security, but polls show that voters strongly disapprove of the practice.