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Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives at the 2016 Governors Awards on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Arnold Schwarzenegger said 'it's time to say hasta la vista' to gerrymandering


Updated October 03, 2017 11:43 AM EDT

Actor and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) on Tuesday called for an end to gerrymandering outside the Supreme Court as oral arguments began inside for a case about the issue.

"You know it's a fixed system," he said in Washington, D.C. "You know it's a system where the politicians are picking their voters, rather than the voters picking their politicians."

"I think it's time to say 'hasta la vista gerrymandering,'" Schwarzenegger added, referencing one of his lines from "The Terminator" movie franchise. "And it is time to terminate gerrymandering."

The phrase "gerrymandering" refers to the process of setting electoral districts to score a political advantage for a particular group or party, and it subsequently has often negative connotations.

Updated October 03, 2017 11:31 AM EDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger joins a rally against gerrymandering at the Supreme Court.

Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Tuesday will join a rally outside the Supreme Court against gerrymandering, according to The Hill.

The Hill reported that Schwarzenegger is poised to address a crowd there before oral arguments start in a case called Gill v. Whitford that is up before America's highest court.

Gill v. Whitford focuses on the Wisconsin map that the state's Republican-controlled legislature implemented in 2011, which a three-judge federal court ruled was an unconstitutional political gerrymander last November.

"There is no question [that the map] was designed to make it more difficult for Democrats, compared to Republicans, to translate their votes into seats," the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin said in its decision.

Schwarzenneger in February said that gerrymandering has "created an absurd reality where politicians now pick their voters, instead of the voters picking their politicians."

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