Arnold Schwarzenegger's Next Project Will Be Tougher To Tackle Than A Terminator — And More Important

The stakes have never been higher.

Though he's no longer governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger is still very much involved in American politics. Case in point: The 69-year-old, who made headlines earlier this year when he criticized the U.S.'s choice to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, is now taking on redistricting reform.

Aside from vowing to protect our planet, Schwarzenegger is currently meeting with lawyers and formulating a legal strategy for a Supreme Court case in October that has the potential to lead to the end of partisan redistricting — also known as a form of gerrymandering.

Redistricting is necessary in outlining electoral districts, but the practice got plenty of negative attention during the 2016 election cycle as a growing list of politicians, lawmakers, and concerned American citizens questioned whether illegal gerrymandering was taking place. Gerrymandering, is intended to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries. 


However, critics say both Democrats and Republicans have used it in an effort to illegally and unconstitutionally bolster their own parties by drawing districts based on race and ethnicity. Gerrymandering based on party affiliation has traditionally been tolerated, but that may soon change.

The aforementioned upcoming Supreme Court case that Schwarzenegger is prepping for — Gill v. Whitford — will decide whether a voter redistricting plan created in 2011 for the State of Wisconsin used partisan gerrymandering, and whether or not said form of gerrymandering is unconstitutional. According to Politico, at a recent event at Duke Law School, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called Gill v. Whitford "the most important" case of the Supreme Court's next term. 

"In the movies, you solve this problem very quickly," the former action star tells the outlet. "You go in the room, you break the door down, and you see all these guys mapping out the district lines and all this stuff, fixing the system — you just go blow up the room, burn the maps, throw everyone out the window, and your job is done."

But, as Schwarzenegger acknowledges, the real world of American politics is much different, and exceedingly more difficult than his silver screen scenario...

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