Tony Smith

One problem with giving legislatures near-total authority in elections is that they themselves often are the product of gerrymandering, according to Charles Anthony "Tony" Smith. He's a professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine and co-author of the books "Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty," and "Gerrymandering the States: Partisanship, Race, and the Transformation of American Federalism." Smith points out that gerrymandering of state legislative districts also has become so extreme that it's possible in a place such as North Carolina for one party to hold power even if it isn't supported by a majority of voters.

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