High court to decide 2 cases on redistricting
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether North Carolina’s election map is an example of unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering or a legal effort by the state’s GOP leaders to lock in a 10-to-3 advantage in its congressional delegation.
The court will also decide if Maryland Democrats violated the Constitution by redistricting tens of thousands of voters to turn a safe GOP district into a reliably Democratic one.
Rulings in the cases, due in the first half of next year, will likely determine if legal checks exist on politicians who redraw districts after the 2020 census.
Justices have never rejected an election map on the grounds that politicians went too far in giving their party an advantage. But the challengers in North Carolina and Maryland have strong cases because political leaders there admitted they were drawing the map for partisan advantage.