SCOTUS eyes ger­ry­man­der

New York Post - - NEWS - Bob Fredericks, with Bloomberg

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.

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