Thursday, July 06, 2006

Cartoon #271: “Frequent Redistricting”

Title: Frequent Redistricting; Text: (Four panels showing muppet Elmo jumping over sign that says 'New Distric' to the tune 'Hokey Pokey' under heading that says 'Hot Toy: Frequently Redistricted Voter Elmo) You put your whole self in...You put your whole self out...You put your whole self in...Then you shake from all the doubt.
The 2003 Texas redistricting was a highly controversial congressional redistricting plan. It was appealed to the United States Supreme Court in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry. On June 28, 2006, the Supreme Court upheld the statewide redistricting as Constitutional, but struck down Congressional District 23 as racial gerrymandering in violation of Section Two of the Voting Rights Act. The Court also ruled that states are free to redistrict as often as they like, instead of the traditional wait until after the census every 10 years. The consequences of frequent redistricting are yet to be seen. After the confusion and legal wrangling caused by Tom Delay in Texas, the effect on voters does not look good.

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