Letter to the editor: gerrymandering
Dec 1, 2021
By: Paige Anderholm
This year’s truncated redistricting process has ended and it is concluding the same way it began: with blatant gerrymandering and communities split apart to keep districts safe for favored incumbents.
Gerrymandering is a practice in which district boundaries are drawn to favor a particular party. It undermines democracy and directly contradicts our country’s democratic ideals by allowing politicians to pick their voters instead of voters picking their politicians.
North Carolina is known as one of the most gerrymandered states in the country with litigation from the 2010 census and redistricting process lasting until 2019. One of our General Assembly’s favored methods is splitting college campuses. The most notorious of these splits occurred at Greensboro’s NC A&T University, the nation’s largest HBCU, and the egregious gerrymandering of the campus resulted in a court case that went to the Supreme Court, after which the campus was finally brought together in 2019
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