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December 22, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Gerrymandering is bad for America

Nevada’s 3rd congressional district, according to the Sun, is a swing district, which means that Rep. Joe Heck must campaign hard to defeat his Democratic opponent, Erin Bilbray.

This is a rarity in today’s gerrymandered America, where democracy has died. Many districts across the country are now gerrymandered, which means the outcomes of congressional elections are preordained.

In common parlance, our congressional elections are rigged.

Shamelessly creating meandering districts that cross county lines, Republican governors and legislators routinely string together majority working-class white neighborhoods that are guaranteed to elect Republicans and Tea Party candidates.

Democratic governors and legislators gerrymander too, but not nearly to the same extent. There’s no need because most minorities and liberals live in urban and suburban areas.

Gerrymandering based on race was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1986, yet the practice continues today with impunity.

The country needs another gerrymandering court case that will make it all the way to the Supreme Court.

Everybody in America knows that gerrymandering is mainly based on race, yet the lower courts appear to be out of touch with that reality.

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