When districts find their lines being redrawn, there is always someone who hates the results. It seems like no matter how the lines get drawn, people find a way to oppose them because it excludes some group or just makes it generally more difficult to get things done for their party. As a result, many of these efforts go largely opposed and challenged for years.
North Carolina’s most recent Congressional map sent many of the Democrats into an absolute conniption; both in and out of the state. Naturally, of course, it ended up in front of a state judge for a verdict on the legality and veracity of the new lines. When the verdict came down the Democrats were absolutely crushed; the lines would stand as redrawn.
These new lines would, in turn, make the 2022 midterm elections a very red year for the state. Given how much the state has at risk from this change, it is not a shocker to see the Democrats opposing these changes. They alleged that the lines were redrawn to provide an anomaly. Republicans allege that the court cannot make a ruling about what is too partisan to stand. With the inclusion of a 14th seat for the state, the districts needed to be redrawn anyway.
As the Daily Caller explained “Tuesday’s ruling does not mean that the map will ultimately survive. The case could land before the North Carolina Supreme Court in the coming weeks, where Democrats hold a 4-3 majority, and the court has already delayed the state’s primaries from March until May to give the lawsuit adequate time to play out. North Carolina’s map is one of a handful of states across the country that have been challenged in court. Democrats have alleged that maps in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia are gerrymanders, while Republicans have done the same regarding maps in Maryland, Illinois, and New Mexico.”
Debates about political lines are as old as politics and congressional maps. There is no good way to accurately divide based upon political beliefs, and the population numbers change rather frequently. Since the beginning of the pandemic, many people found themselves fleeing the big city for rural communities. Especially as high-speed internet and remote job opportunities became more normal.
Places like New York, California, and Washington D.C. especially found themselves undergoing a mass exodus because of these changes. People were willing to give up the conveniences of the big city for the peace and tranquility of small-town living. Especially with how easy it has become to order things online. Add in small class sizes for their kids, lower blockades for homeownership, and in many cases, significantly lower taxes; it was a no-brainer to pack up the family and move.
The problem with the mass exodus like this is the bringing of the same politics that turned their homes into these gigantic problems. Particularly the liberal mentalities, policies, and programs that drove their taxes sky high and priced them out of their cities. Many are slowly starting to find out that the people in these free states don’t want to change and they don’t want the things that “worked so well in California” to be used in Texas (for example).
As time ticks on, more people will continue to flee, and the maps will need to be redrawn yet again. This part of politics is always sticky, and in many cases can completely alter the way a state is voting on big issues, and how the people are represented. While change is not always fun, it is necessary to inspire innovation and to keep fresh blood in offices. Given how many leftists stay in the same role for years (even decades), the redrawing of lines is crucial.