These cases now give the court a bipartisan chance to correct this unconstitutional and cancerous growth of extreme partisanship. The solution can be a simple return to the notion that representatives should be elected to give people equal voice within a real community. Congressional Districts should be created of whole community units already recognized by the state that are next to each other like whole cities, counties, townships, with a slice of one as needed to meet one-person one-vote.
There will always be communities and districts that are overwhelmingly one party or another. That is not the problem. The problem is that by artificially creating partisan districts we eliminate the opportunity to elect those who must “run to the middle” representing all the diverse members of their real and existing community.
Joe Bankoff is chair of The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. He is former president and CEO of The Woodruff Arts Center and spent 32 years as a senior partner at the law firm King and Spalding.