Speaking at an anti-gerrymandering rally outside the nation’s highest court on Tuesday, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called on the Supreme Court to “terminate gerrymandering,” while railing against a “fixed system” in which “politicians are picking the voters.”
“It’s a fixed system – that’s what gerrymandering is all about,” he said. “And this is why I say that the only one that can fix it is the Supreme Court, and that’s why we’re here today, at the Supreme Court – to ask them to fix this problem of severe gerrymandering.”
“You know it’s a system where the politicians are picking the voters, rather than the voters picking the politicians. So I say it’s time to say hasta la vista to gerrymandering. And it is time to terminate gerrymandering.”
The Hill added:
Schwarzenegger’s comments came as oral arguments begin in Gill v. Whitford, a case regarding whether a 2011 redistricting plan passed by Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled state legislature was so excessively gerrymandered that it amounted to a constitutional violation.
Gerrymandering is the process of drawing congressional districts in such a way as to give a certain political party an electoral advantage. Racial gerrymandering has already been struck down by the court.
The Supreme Court has said that lower courts have the power to decide partisan gerrymandering cases, but has never weighed in on how to decide when the practice goes too far.
“Einstein already said a long time ago that the ones that create the problem cannot fix it,” Schwarzenegger said. “And so Congress will never, ever fix this problem, because they have one interest and one interest only, and this is to stay in power.”