Supreme Court Has a Chance to Limit Partisan Gerrymandering

Supreme Court Has a Chance to Limit Partisan Gerrymandering

Supreme Court Has a Chance to Limit Partisan Gerrymandering

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal this fall of a lower court ruling that struck down Wisconsin's Republican-drawn state Assembly map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

The justices say they'll decide next session whether Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin drew electoral districts so out of whack with the state's political breakdown that they violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters.

On Monday, the Supreme Court announced it will hear an appeal regarding political gerrymandering, in what legal experts say could be the most consequential such case in decades.

There could be changes coming to how Illinois' legislative maps are drawn every ten years with the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to take up a Wisconsin case on the very issue.

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"More than 60 percent of the state legislative seats in the general election were uncontested, [with] no Republican running against those Democrats because they were such Democratic districts", Potter said. According to Judge Kenneth F. Ripple, in his majority opinion, the act made it more hard for Democrats to "translate their votes into seats".

USA district maps for state and federal elections are drawn up every 10 years following a census. In packed districts, the efficiency gap considers all of the votes over 50 percent-that is beyond those needed to get a candidate elected-to be superfluous, or "wasted"; and in cracked districts, all votes for the losing party are deemed wasted.

The justices regularly are called to invalidate state electoral maps that have been illegally drawn to reduce the influence of racial minorities by depressing the impact of their votes.

The Supreme Court has never struck down districts because of unfair partisan advantage, although it has intervened frequently in disputes over race and redistricting over the past 50 years.

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"The threat of partisan gerrymandering isn't a Democratic or Republican issue; it's an issue for all American voters", Potter told The Washington Post.

A special panel of three judges in Wisconsin had ruled previous year that a partisan map in that state violated the First Amendment and equal rights protections. Political parties often use gerrymandering to manipulate district borders to increase their party's share of the vote. In other states, bipartisan commissions draw districts in an effort to reduce gerrymandering.

The case in the short term could affect congressional maps in about half a dozen states and legislative maps in about 10 states, before having major implications for the post-2020 redistricting, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. A San Antonio federal court is set to hear arguments in July. We don't know how the court will rule, but this case has the potential to return fairness to the voting process.

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In this case, Registered Democratic voters asserted that Republicans used two techniques, cracking and packing, to weaken the effect of Democratic votes state wide.

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