SC to hear map row appeal:
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)