Faculty spotlights

Keena says N.C. gerrymandering ruling could impact upcoming House elections

August 28, 2018

Alex Keena
Alex Keena, Ph.D.

On Monday, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina held that a 2016 congressional district plan passed by the North Carolina legislature constitutes an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander in violation of the First and 14th amendments, noting that “the Constitution does not allow elected officials to enact laws that distort the marketplace of political ideas so as to intentionally favor certain political beliefs, parties, or candidates and disfavor others.” The court ordered that new maps be drawn for the upcoming November elections.

Alex Keena, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at VCU, is the co-author of “Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty,” a book that considers the causes and consequences of partisan gerrymandering in the U.S. House of Representatives. He shared his thoughts on the impact of the North Carolina ruling.

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