The U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped a pair of landmark partisan gerrymandering challenges Monday, declining to find politically driven line-drawing during the decennial redistricting process violates the Constitution.
Although the rulings avoided the sweeping reach opponents of gerrymandering hoped for, they do provide a plausible path forward for future challenges.
The first decision, Gill v. Whitford, arose from Wisconsin, where a coalition of Democratic voters challenged the entire state legislature map, which is tailored to favor Republicans. Although Democrats and the GOP typically split the vote evenly in statewide elections, Republicans command a 60-seat majority in the 99-seat legislature. The plaintiffs used social science metrics and the testimony of elections officials to show that Republican lawmakers carefully constructed a statewide map that would entrench a GOP majority until 2020.
As a result, the coalition argues that Democratic voters have been effectively disenfranchised across much of the state, in violation of the constitutional guarantees of equal protect and free association.
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