This comment seeks to explain the incorrigible by returning to the basics. Starting and ending at the Constitution and a notion of what it means to be represented, this comment traces the development of redistricting jurisprudence from the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments through the Voting Rights Act and finally to the Supreme Court. Most notably, this comment focuses on the effects of the redistricting quagmire on the state ofNorth Carolina throughout the 1990's as an exemplar of a reapportionment process attempting to pander to the political proclivities of both the Department of Justice and the Judicial branch.
Shannon L. Vandiver, A Return to the Basics: Constitutional Answers to the Racial Gerrymandering Questions, 21 Campbell L. Rev. 99 (1998).