Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering is one of the central reasons behind the dysfunctional workings of Congress the past two or more decades. When district lines are drawn in such as a way as to give one party a distinct advantage by intentionally diluting the votes of the opposing party, incumbents worry less about being defeated in November and more worried about being defeated in their own party’s primary by somebody more ideologically partisan than themselves. This results in a race to the extremes and an inability to compromise for the good of the people. One need not look anywhere other than Alabama’s Congressional district maps for good examples of this practice.

Whether it’s racial, socio-economic, or partisan reasons, gerrymandering is not good for our political process and getting things done for the people of Alabama — either in state government or federal government. The Supreme Court would be wise to end this practice and install an independent process where neutral rules are followed instead of one side attempting to gain an unfair electoral advantage after each census is taken.

If the Courts are unable to solve this, then the people should do so – in the form of a constitutional amendment outlawing the practice for good. I would support legislation to do just that when I am elected to the United States Senate. If we limit a president’s power by holding them to two terms, it stands to reason that we should also contain the power of the majority legislative party at a state level so they cannot trample on federal minority rights through use of this archaic practice.