Once a decade, the race for real political power is underway | Local News
The redistribution, for those of you in the back, takes place every 10 years after the census data is released.
The idea is to follow the population and then assign representation at the state level and federal level accordingly.
Simple, right? Not enough.
As one speaker said on Tuesday – that was almost sure it was ironic because the guy was smart enough to know the whole story – gerrymandering for political ends is literally as old as the Republic.
“A guy named Gerry rigged the cards in his favor,” said the man, referring to Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts who in the early 19th century designed a neighborhood that would look like a salamander.
Since then, aided by technological advancements in computerized mapping, the ruling political party has happily put a thumb on the scales in an attempt to keep the advantage tilted to the left or the right.
Inevitably, the aggrieved party – in North Carolina since 2010 it has been the Democrats – attacks the courts through lawsuits challenging new cards on, among other factors, racial grounds, claiming – and rightly so. decided the judicial panels – that the GOP controlled the legislature unfairly packed constituencies to dilute the voting power of minorities.