Op-Ed: Supreme Court Says Election Rigging (Partisan Gerrymandering) Is Legal

In a democracy, the most important factor in determining who controls power should be the popular will of the people. The reality is that every ten years in most states politicians draw the lines of battle by drawing the districts we vote in for our State Legislatures and Congress. The way politicians design these districts can effectively steal votes and rig elections. 10 to 15 percent of the total vote can be in essence stolen, depending on how a computer is programmed to draw districts. The term that is used for the practice of drawing district lines for political gain is gerrymandering, but it really should be called election rigging. Many states do not have any protections in place to prevent election rigging when districts are redrawn. You would think that a Supreme Court that wishes to uphold democracy would see this, and determine that gerrymandering that is clearly designed to undermine the people’s will and deprive them of representation would be a violation of America’s Constitution. Instead, the Supreme Court went in the exact opposite direction, saying that though gerrymandering is harmful, the Constitution did not grant them the power to ensure democratic values ar...