SC to hear map row ap­peal:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


The US Supreme Court on Mon­day agreed to take up Wisconsin’s ap­peal of a lower court rul­ing that state Repub­li­can law­mak­ers vi­o­lated the US Con­sti­tu­tion when they re­drew elec­toral maps for the par­ti­san aim of hob­bling Democrats in leg­isla­tive races.

The jus­tices will re­view a Novem­ber rul­ing that the Repub­li­can-led leg­is­la­ture’s re­draw­ing of state leg­isla­tive dis­tricts in 2011 amounted to “an un­con­sti­tu­tional par­ti­san ger­ry­man­der,” a term mean­ing ma­nip­u­lat­ing elec­toral bound­aries for an un­fair po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage.

A panel of three fed­eral judges in Madi­son ruled 2-1 that the way the Repub­li­cans re­drew the dis­tricts vi­o­lated the US Con­sti­tu­tion’s guar­an­tees of equal pro­tec­tion un­der the law and free speech by un­der­cut­ting the abil­ity of Demo­cratic vot­ers to turn their votes into seats in Wisconsin’s leg­is­la­ture. (RTRS)

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