Supreme Court Sidesteps Decision on Gerrymandering

Headline Roundup June 18th, 2018

The Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped the major legal questions in two partisan gerrymandering cases, allowing the current maps to stand before the 2018 midterm elections.

Supreme Court Sidesteps Decision on Gerrymandering

From the Left
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Today, the Supreme Court let Wisconsin keep its extremely gerrymandered political map, which gave Republicans 60% of the seats in the state assembly despite having won only 47% of the vote.

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From the Right
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Earlier today, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Gill v. Whitford — better known as the “Wisconsin gerrymandering case” — and the plaintiffs lost, at least for now. Wisconsin will not have to redraw its legislative districts. But the court didn’t rule for Wisconsin on the merits. Instead, it held that the plaintiffs hadn’t established Article III standing in the case. They hadn’t established a concrete, particularized, individual harm. Instead, they were arguing that they had suffered harms because they were Democrats, and Democrats as a whole were underrepresented...

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From the Center
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The Supreme Court sidestepped a potentially historic ruling Monday that would have blocked states from drawing election maps intended to help one political party dominate the other, but the issue may return in 2019.

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