SCOTUS eyes gerrymander
The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear a challenge to partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin and decide whether it was unconstitutional for GOP party bosses to solidify their power with electoral maps that favor their side.
The court will consider whether judges can invalidate legislative maps for being so partisan they violate the Constitution, taking up a case that could put a pow- erful new check on gerrymandering by both parties.
The justices agreed to hear arguments on a Wisconsin district map that a lower court said was designed to keep Republicans in control of the state legislature even if they didn’t win a majority of the votes.
The court has never struck down a legislative map as being too partisan, or set standards to follow.