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Will Supreme Court strike down part of Voting Rights Act?

This afternoon, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a Texas redistricting case that could have major implications for minority voters — as well as determine which party is likely to control Congress after the 2012 elections. ... Read more»

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Jan 9, 2012, 4:19 pm
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I’m sick to death of the race card being played. How long are we going to do this color thing? How long are we going to keep living in the past?

In any state, Congressional districts should be contiguous, should all contain the same amount of people, and should be as close to square or rectangular as the population locations permit. THAT SHOULD BE IT!!!

This stupid “Voting Rights Act” is for a different times, and needs to be eliminated.

...because they diminish the ability of minority voters to elect the candidate of their choice.

Hey, you get no pity from me. I am not what the race-baiters refer to as a “minority” voter, yet very rarely do the candidates of my choice get elected at any layer of government. So, where’s the crazy, outdated laws to help me put my candidates into power, huh?

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Jan 9, 2012, 6:51 pm
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I’m guessing you’re sick of the race card being played, Bret, because you’re not on the wrong end of racial discrimination, in places where it’s by no means “in the past”.

Your numerically equal, rectilinear voting district idea is probably not the easiest solution to implement, but you’ve hit on the problem that the Supreme Court is addressing: namely, that redistricting is rarely based on obviously fair criteria, but rather, is time and again manipulated by those in power (from both parties, and at times in collusion with each other, e.g. if you give us X we’ll give you Y) in an effort to ensure that they and their party colleagues remain in power.

What’s needed is an independent, nonpartisan redistricting committee that reviews all congressional districts on an annual basis and where necessary (e.g. following demographic changes) adjusts district lines based on universally agreed and legislated criteria.

That ain’t gonna happen, of course, because it would take power away from those who have it (and who would be the ones to legislate it).

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