High court to de­cide 2 cases on re­dis­trict­ing

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - News - BY DAVID G. SAV­AGE


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.

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