IVN: Independent Voters Don’t Count

Partisan gerrymandering is certainly an egregious abuse of power that needs to be stopped.

IVN Contributing Editor Tiani X. Coleman's recent blog post on the Independent Voter Network's website examining the Supreme Court's recent oral arguments on gerrymandering (brought up in the Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case, Gill v. Whitford) offered a straight-forward look at the case. Later in her piece, however, she asks an interesting question...

Don’t independent voters and third party voters qualify as a group of voters who are constantly subject to disfavored treatment, and don’t all apportionments – controlled by parties that disregard the interests of independent voters – somehow burden our representational rights?

It's an interesting question. Many independent and third party voters express there political will to specifically avoid, if not protest, the two-party system. How can these actions be meaningful if the very action pushes them farther away from a system completely controlled by the two parties? A system whose judicial oversight wants to avoid seeming partisan (or, frankly, engaged) and passes the buck back to the two-party controlled legislature which created the problem in the first place.

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