It was because of gerrymandering." Republicans had so effectively gerrymandered
the state that even when Democrats won 53 percent of the statewide vote in 2018, they took only 36 percent of the seats in the state legislature.
In the most recent round of litigation, both types of gerrymanders
have been at issue.
Many Efficiency Gap Gerrymanders
Are Not Gerrymanders
"This (Supreme) Court can and should determine a manageable standard, one that lower courts can apply to remedy abusive partisan gerrymanders
such as those that entrench in power a political party whose adherents enjoy only minority support," Frosh added.
and the Electoral College make a mockery of the notion that the United States is a functioning democracy.
Republicans "have gerrymandered
the heck out of lots of different places," said Democratic voter Melinda Wilkinson, a retired music teacher from Raleigh.
have "become ever more extreme and durable, insulating officeholders against all but the most titanic shifts in the political tides," she wrote.
Best, Unfair Partisan Gerrymanders
in Politics and Law: A Diagnostic Applied to Six Cases, 14 ELECTION L.J.
(129.) John Hart Ely, Gerrymanders
: The Good, the Bad, and the
(57) Four of these five justices endorsed specific standards for judging the constitutionality of partisan gerrymanders
and would have reversed the lower court's dismissal of the plaintiffs' challenge to the Republican gerrymander
of Pennsylvania's congressional districts litigated in Vieth.
Supreme Court struck down congressional districts in North Carolina, finding that their boundaries had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered
along racial lines.
(51.) See Michael Weaver, Note, Uncertainty Maintained: The Split Decision Over Partisan Gerrymanders
in Vieth v.
"But what of purely partisan gerrymanders
, especially in the rest of the country?
(58) Structuralists who advocate in favor of ah approach known as the political markets theory argue that partisan gerrymandering (and in particular bipartisan gerrymanders
) produce noncompetitive elections by removing voters from the process, and should be per se invalid.