Letters to the Editor

Supreme Court abandoned its role on gerrymandering

The Supreme Court supposedly exists to ensure that the exercise of political power is constrained by principles embedded in the Constitution. Yet we now have a court deciding that it has no role to play in seeing that the gerrymandering of electoral districts practiced by state governments is subject to such constraint. Never mind that gerrymandering typically results in a clear “injustice” (Justice Roberts’ own word) in the way it redistributes political power. Or that it accomplishes this by giving greater weight to some votes than to others — blatantly violating the equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment. Principles be damned, in other words. Let political power have its way, unconstrained.

Richard Ylvisaker

Decorah

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