Ives joins bid asking Supreme Court to end gerrymandering
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) has joined four of her Illinois colleagues in supporting an end to gerrymandering, the longstanding process of redrawing state political maps to help guarantee power for a particular party, according to her website.
Ives signed an amicus brief in Gill v. Whitford, a case scheduled to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3.
“It is long past time that we restore government to the people of Illinois and indeed throughout the country by ending the practice of gerrymandering,” Ives said on her website. “Republicans and Democrats alike are guilty of perpetrating this cynical and self-serving practice. Few states are as prime examples as Illinois of the devastating impact of politicians choosing their voters by drawing maps that cater to their own political self-interest."
Gill v. Whitford regards an appeals court ruling that gerrymandering had taken place in Wisconsin to such a degree that it violated the First and 14th amendments' protection for voters.
According to Ives' post, the brief that Ives and others signed as the high court to “take this opportunity to effectuate the core principle of republican government, namely, that the voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.”