Title

Drawing Us Out

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

16-5-2019

End Date

16-5-2019

Abstract

Gerrymandering is the act of changing the lines of political districts in order to give one political party a partisan advantage, a practice generally frowned upon. In Lamone v. Benisek, the Maryland-based plaintiff alleges that the political district in which they resided was gerrymandered in retaliation for their political views. Under the First Amendment, a person’s choice to vote is protected free speech. The Supreme Court must decide the question of whether this instance of gerrymandering violates the First Amendment. There are currently no amendments in the United States Constitution that prohibit gerrymandering. I will be discussing whether the act was legal and if the plaintiff’s rights were violated. Furthermore, I will examine in detail the disadvantages faced by communities when their geopolitical boundaries are unjustly altered.

Winner, Outstanding Oral Presentation, College of the Sciences.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Teresa Divine

Department/Program

Law and Justice

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May 16th, 12:00 AM May 16th, 12:00 AM

Drawing Us Out

Ellensburg

Gerrymandering is the act of changing the lines of political districts in order to give one political party a partisan advantage, a practice generally frowned upon. In Lamone v. Benisek, the Maryland-based plaintiff alleges that the political district in which they resided was gerrymandered in retaliation for their political views. Under the First Amendment, a person’s choice to vote is protected free speech. The Supreme Court must decide the question of whether this instance of gerrymandering violates the First Amendment. There are currently no amendments in the United States Constitution that prohibit gerrymandering. I will be discussing whether the act was legal and if the plaintiff’s rights were violated. Furthermore, I will examine in detail the disadvantages faced by communities when their geopolitical boundaries are unjustly altered.

Winner, Outstanding Oral Presentation, College of the Sciences.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2019/Oralpres/197