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Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:33

Gerrymandering limits the voice of the people

Written by  Staff Writer

To the editor,
Redistricting was written into the Constitution as a legislative power that takes place every 10 years. This power led to some unique districts which led to the term gerrymandering in 1812. Has the use of redistricting for political reasons gone too far? Here in Wisconsin, the Assembly and Senate districts have been highly gerrymandered after the 2010 elections when the Republicans took control of the Legislature and governor’s mansion.

As a college sophomore, I want my voice heard. The right to vote is one of the ways I can get my opinions heard by the people representing them in the government. My voice is compromised when politicians rearrange districts so that an almost evenly split vote count can create unevenly split legislative seats. In the 2012 Wisconsin election this very thing happened, where the votes cast were even and even leaning Democratic, but the Assembly won 60 Republican seats to 39 Democratic seats.

The Supreme Court case Whitford v. Gill is the people’s chance to get its voice back within Wisconsin.

Jacob Schmit



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