Description: Episode #21 OBD: 1964-02-24 TRT: 30 min Description: This program examines the Supreme Court ruling of February 17th, which requires Congressional districts within each state he equal in population “as nearly as is practicable.” As a result of this ruling, where there are now districts that have 400,000 voters as well as districts with 100,000 voters, states must now equalize their voting districts. One effect of this ruling will be a greater representation and power for urban and suburban districts as opposed to rural and farming districts, who are now overrepresented. The ruling of the Supreme Court came in the case of Wesberry vs. Governor Carl Sanders of Georgia. “At Issue” camera crews will go to Georgia to get the views of one of the attorneys representing Wesberry and Roy Harris, former member of the Georgia State Legislature, who opposes the ruling. Also, an analysis of the Supreme Court decision and its political implications will be presented by Newal Pierce, political editor of the Congressional Quarterly. In addition, there will be a panel discussion on the political changes the decision will mean for the Democratic and Republican Parties. The panel will probe charges by critics that the Supreme Court is stepping out too far into the field of political affairs. AT ISSUE: REDISTRICTING THE CONGRESS A 1964 National Educational Television production Executive producer: Alvin Perlmutter Producer: Leonard Zweig
Keywords: women's rights
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