Supreme Court ignores the difference with redistricting
RALEIGH -- In 30 pages of mostly circular arguments, the North Carolina Supreme Court misses a basic fact of about legislative redistricting: It is unlike any other law that state legislators craft.
Legislators have an inherit and obvious conflict of interest when they draw the district lines that determine who votes for them and who doesn't.
It is, however, a conflict of interest allowed by the state constitution.
The constitution gives legislators the sole authority to draw legislative district lines every 10 years, following a new U.S. census.
The power to draw those lines is also unlike most other laws that state legislators draft because it goes right to the heart of representative democracy, to the principle of political power emanating from the people.
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