To measure gerrymandering
The Sept. 13 editorial “A call to action against gerrymandering” was a welcome recap of the damage partisan redistricting has done to the ability of centrist legislators to govern our country. The editorial mentioned the need to establish standards for judicial oversight. Readers should know that standards exist today that would enable courts to measure partisan gerrymandering.
Gill v. Whitford will look at wasted votes where the winning candidate gets more votes than needed to win. A mathematical algorithm then provides an “efficiency gap,” which reflects a built-in advantage over the loser. Plaintiffs will argue that if the gap is more than 7 percent, the map is rigged and the court has a workable standard for ruling against gerrymandering.
Let’s hope the Supreme Court ruling in the upcoming Wisconsin case will favor standards that will then apply to all states as the 2020 Census draws near. Irma Shainberg Sheon, Silver Spring