I was pleased to see that the Supreme Court struck a major blow against the gerrymandering of congressional districts. However, much still needs to be done to stop the divisive politics of illegally disenfranchising communities. We can start here in Colorado!
To recap, the Supreme Court has declined to overturn a ruling from a Pennsylvania court that required the redrawing of at least four congressional districts because of blatant and illegal gerrymandering by the GOP. Republicans had hoped the Supreme Court would keep the current maps — where Republicans hold 12 of 18 seats in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, following a challenge from Democrats, ruled that the Republican-drawn maps of congressional districts in the 2018 primary and general elections “clearly, plainly, and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
The Pennsylvania districts were obviously drawn to limit the voices of many communities. This decision, most likely, is a big step in the Democrats regaining control of the House of Representatives. But, all partisan congratulations and self-interest aside, the need to stop this nefarious perversion of our political process needs to stop!
Gerrymandering disenfranchises voters, dilutes the voice and the will of the people, makes a mockery of the idea of “free and fair elections”, and is a direct assault on the concept of representative government. It is a perversion of everything America stands for. I would like to tell you it is a strategy only the GOP utilizes, but historically Democrats have been equally guilty.
The commitment to end gerrymandering is one of the core principles of my campaign. I am proud to be the first, and so far, the only federal candidate in Colorado to sign the contract with the Citizen’s Coalition for Democratization. This is a commitment in writing to change the way campaigns are financed in America and to work specifically to end the practice of gerrymandering.
This detailed and far-reaching contract lays out a blueprint for changing Congress. I invite you to read the Contract and see for yourself what we can accomplish if more candidates commit and if we all work together. www.candidateswithacontract.com