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At what point does politics-as-usual become unconstitutional?

At what point does politics-as-usual become unconstitutional?

Gerrymandering — the practice of drawing district lines in a way that gives one political party disproportionate power in Congress or a state legislature — is a time-dishonored practice in American politics. The term dates from the early 19th century. But with the advent of sophisticated computer programs, it has become increasingly easy for a party that controls a state legislature to exaggerate its influence not only in that body but in its delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives (unless a state follows California’s lead and entrusts redistricting to a citizens’ commission or some other group of nonpoliticians).

In 1986, the Supreme Court said that partisan...

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