High Court May Finally Settle Partisan Gerrymandering Issue

By Junaid Odubeko and Mike Stephens (April 8, 2019, 2:29 PM EDT) -- On March 26, 2019, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two pivotal gerrymandering cases that could either finally open the door to political gerrymandering claims or reject the validity of such claims entirely.

The first case, Rucho v. Common Cause, involves the congressional map for the state of North Carolina, drawn by the Republican-controlled state legislature for the second time in the past decade. Although the previous congressional map was struck down in 2016 for racial gerrymandering, the plaintiffs have argued that this time the map is unconstitutional because the districts were drawn to give Republican candidates a distinct...

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