Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Gerrymandering: Stirring the Political Pot

September 2019 bar bulletin

By Paula Emery

Extreme partisan gerrymandering is here to stay, further dividing the country politically and threatening the very foundations of our representative democracy — and there’s nothing federal courts can do about it.1 Is this just a partisan Supreme Court decision, or has the “pacing problem” — where technology evolves faster than the law’s ability to keep up — already begun to strip us of meaningful self-governance?

Here in Washington, we divide ourselves into 49 districts, and it is one of 22 states that do not set district boundaries directly by the legislature. Our district maps are created through a bipartisan commission that is specifically directed to...

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