Opinion: Supreme Court Recognizes That With Gerrymandering, Not all Votes Are Equal

One of the greater misnomers about voting is that all voter participation is equal. Many people will say that if Latinos want to stop injustices that impact their community, they simply need to “get out and vote.” But that argument ignores the fact that our electoral system is designed to minimize minority participation. A recent Supreme Court decision rejecting the way North Carolina drew up congressional districts for partisan advantage may change that.

One such mechanism politicians use to disenfranchise minorities is through district gerrymandering, a strategy that manipulates boundaries in order to stack the deck in favor of one political party. Gerrymandering has been around since the beginning of our government, but improvements in voter data gives today’s politicians unsurpassed advantages that essentially allows them to choose their voters, rather than voters given a fair shot at choosing their representatives.

Image: Voters line up in voting booths to cast their ballots

File photo of voters lining up in voting booths in Chesterfield, Va. on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016.