Gerrymandering a Threat to Our Democracy
Brookfield, WI – The right to vote is essential and sacred to citizens of a democracy. When those rights are tampered with, or denied entirely, the society suffers. In Wisconsin and many other states, Congressional districts are Gerrymandered to swing the majority of voters to one political party or the other. Tom Palzewicz, who is the Democratic Party candidate for the Fifth District, wants to see an end to the practice and have districts redrawn.
“I am for the ‘Fair Maps’ initiative,” said Palzewicz. “You have to remember that Gerrymandering cuts both ways. We have two Congressional districts that at 80% Democrat, so there is no competition within those two districts. We have six the other way. Ron Kind‘s Third district is the most in play, but even then, the incumbent has a huge advantage. Gerrymandering isn’t against Republicans or Democrats, it’s against democracy. It’s time to put country before party.”
The practice is not new. The first successful gerrymandering effort came in 1812, when the governor of Massachusetts broke up the districts in his state to favor the Democratic-Republican Party, as it was then known. In the 20th Century, the courts determined that extreme cases of gerrymandering are unconstitutional, but the types and standards of gerrymandering are not clearly defined. In 1995, the United States Supreme Court ruled that racial gerrymandering was in violation of constitutional rights, but partisan gerrymandering remains in play. The issue is left to the states.
“Simply stated, gerrymandering takes the power away from the people and hands it over to an exclusive few,” said Palzewicz. “Wisconsin deserves a level playing field.”
Some people look to term limits to solve the issue, but Palzewicz says that is a secondary concern.
“It takes years to learn how to navigate the Congress,” said Palzewicz, “so term limits isn’t the immediate answer. Term limits, for example, would not stop a Congressman/woman from finding a person who votes like them from running in their district. Until we end gerrymandering, term limits is not the answer.”
Palzewicz promises to work to level the playing field in Wisconsin and the nation.
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- Can Wisconsin Create Fair District Maps? - Melanie Conklin - Sep 11th, 2020
- Fair Elections Project Applauds Judicial Panel’s Selections for the People’s Maps Commission - Wisconsin Fair Elections Project - Sep 11th, 2020
- Gov. Evers Announces Judicial Panel’s Selections for the People’s Maps Commission - Gov. Tony Evers - Sep 10th, 2020
- 11 Wisconsin Counties Have a Redistricting Referendum on Nov. 3 Ballot - Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition - Sep 9th, 2020
- The State of Politics: Half Of Legislative Seats Already Decided? - Steven Walters - Aug 24th, 2020
- Gerrymandering a Threat to Our Democracy - Tom Palzewicz - Aug 6th, 2020
- Gerrymandering Creates Difficult Road for Dems in Wisconsin - Tom Palzewicz - Aug 4th, 2020
- The People’s Maps Commission application deadline is this Friday - Ald. Khalif Rainey - Jul 29th, 2020
- Op Ed: Why Vos and Fitzgerald Fear Fair Maps - Jay Heck - Jul 23rd, 2020
- Op Ed: People’s Maps Commission Seeks Fair Elections - State Sen. Jeff Smith - Jul 21st, 2020
Read more about Gerrymandering of Legislative Districts here