Supreme Court To Hear Partisan Gerrymandering Case

Supreme Court To Hear Partisan Gerrymandering Case

The case, Gill v. Whitford, arises from Wisconsin.

The Campaign Legal Center brought a motion with the justices last month, asking them to affirmi a November decision by the Seventh Circuit.

Typically, the party in control of a state legislature will try to draw congressional and state legislative districts in such a way as to maximize their own odds.

A federal court in Texas is set to hear arguments on the complaints of racial gerrymandering in the state in July.

But the justices have not thrown out state electoral maps drawn simply to give one party an advantage over another.

Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says the Republican governor "is confident Wisconsin's redistricting process is constitutional and is pleased to see the Supreme Court take the case".

The justices will take up Wisconsin's appeal of a lower court ruling last November that state Republican lawmakers violated the Constitution when they created state legislative districts with the partisan aim of hobbling Democrats in legislative races. Republicans in OH and Pennsylvania have done the reverse, concentrating urban voters in a few heavily Democratic districts.

In 2004, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a partisan gerrymander in Pennsylvania was constitutional and that it was not within the purview of the court to strike it down.

Critics have argued the current legislative maps unfairly stack the deck for Republicans district by district, pointing to the 2016 presidential election results as an example. It said redistricting efforts were unlawful partisan gerrymandering when they sought to entrench the party in power, and had no other legitimate justification.

Sachin Chheda, director of the Fair Elections Project, which organized and launched the lawsuit on behalf of Democratic voters in Wisconsin, said later that lawyers for the voters were told that oral arguments would be scheduled for the first week of October.

In a statement issued later by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, Elias, an NDRC adviser, called the case "the latest sign that the courts remain a strong check on extreme Republican gerrymandering".

Those maps, drawn mainly in secret by Republican lawmakers, had achieved one of the clearest cases in modern political history of achieving a lasting advantage for Republican candidates, even though the state's voters are about evenly divided in their affiliation with the two major parties. It is high time for the High Court to stop politicians from drawing district lines for their own political benefit. The four liberal Justices dissented.... The Supreme Court has never struck down districts because of partisan advantage.

The Supreme Court had discussed the case at its June 8 and June 15 conferences, according to the court's docket on the case.

The federal court's decision was the first time in three decades that such a ruling had been made on a redistricting case, thereby setting the stage for a possible showdown in the Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of Wisconsin legislative districts as drawn by majority Republicans in 2011.

The case will be argued in the fall.

With the separate order that split the court closely on Monday, the state legislature will now be spared the duty of working out a new map of election district for use in upcoming elections. That work is proceeding. But the court was silent on whether to delay the drawing of new state Assembly district boundaries as ordered by a lower court panel. The Constitution requires states to redo their political maps to reflect population changes identified in the once-a-decade census.

What the Republicans did is called gerrymandering, a centuries-old practice of creating legislative districts that favor one party over another.

Related:

  • Western and Central Mass. brace for potential flash floods, thunderstorms, and tornadoes

    A watch means torrential downpours could cause abrupt flooding of creeks, streams, roadways, and other poor drainage areas. A High Rip Current risk is also in effect through Monday night for Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties in New Jersey.

    Why Keshia Knight Pulliam Is Supporting Bill Cosby

    Constand has denied Cosby's explanation , [ultimately] telling police, "We were not involved in any romantic relationship". Cosby , 79, has pleaded not guilty to drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
    New Quantum-Entanglement Record Could Spur Hack-Proof Communications

    New Quantum-Entanglement Record Could Spur Hack-Proof Communications

    The result is an outstanding landmark in the human history of communication and physical science , and reaches far and more. Till now efforts to entangle quantum particles , such as photons, have been limited to distances of about 100 km.
  • Vidal, Vargas help Chile defeat Cameroon amid VAR controversy

    Arturo Vidal brushed off a hotly disputed video review to give Chile a 2-0 win over Cameroon in the Confederations Cup on Sunday. In the 81st minute Sanchez hung in the penalty area of Cameroon where the ball was Arturo Vidal.

    Schiff says firing Mueller would echo Watergate

    Rosenstein said Mueller can "only be fired for good cause", and it would be his job to put that good cause into writing. If Mueller knew he was going to be named special counsel, it is unlikely he divulged that information to Trump .

    UK's May To Meet Northern Ireland Leaders To Smooth DUP Deal

    She was said to have reached agreement on "95 per cent" of the demands the party has made as the price of its support. Farron was a strong opponent of Brexit and supported a second referendum on Britain leaving the EU.
  • Moscow Accuses Trump of Returning to Cold War-Style Rhetoric on Cuba

    Moscow Accuses Trump of Returning to Cold War-Style Rhetoric on Cuba

    According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 75 percent of Americans support improved links between Havana and Washington. Including agricultural exports, the USA stands to lose 14,500 jobs and $8.1 billion in revenue.

    Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

    Erin Hills is a very versatile course, and yes, it could host a PGA TOUR event, but I also feel it is a worthy major host course. There were early clues that the wind could level the playing field in some of the first groups to tee off on Sunday.

    Warriors' Game 5 win wraps up highly-watched NBA Finals

    Their dominant run over the past three years has been a source of great pride for its famously loyal and raucous fans. Winning a championship is the ultimate goal and everybody here experienced that and we want to experience it again".
  • Tracking the Latest Paul George Trade Rumors

    Tracking the Latest Paul George Trade Rumors

    As a rookie, George played 20.7 minutes per game, averaging 7.8 points and 3.7 rebounds during his time on the floor. This past Friday at a charity softball game in Indianapolis, George told The Associated Press: "I am a Pacer".
    Srikanth enters final of Indonesia Open

    Srikanth enters final of Indonesia Open

    He is slated to take part in next week's Australian Open, where he is drawn to face Sakai in the first round of the qualifiers. However, from thereon, he let slip of the control to hand his opponent 21-14 win meaning the contest went into the third game.

    Trump 'confirms' he's under probe

    In a series of tweets on Friday morning the president confirmed that he was being investigated for firing James Comey on May 9th. Former FBI head Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel a day after a report stemming from the notes was published.

Comments

Other news