Have no fear, of course they are ..
I don’t think that … districting for partisan advantage has no positive values. I would point you to, for instance, Justice Breyer’s dissenting opinion in [2004’s Vieth v. Jubelirer] which has an extensive discussion of how it can actually do good things for our system to have districts drawn in a way that makes it easier for voters to understand who … the legislature is. It produces values in terms of accountability that are valuable so that the people understand who isn’t and who is in power.
Erin E. Murphy, the attorney representing Wisconsin’s (very gerrymandered) State Senate
responding to Sotomayer’s question:
“Could you tell me what the value is to democracy from political gerrymandering? How does that help our system of government?”
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