• News
  • People

Supreme Court delays judgments on two partisan gerrymandering cases

Supreme Court delays judgments on two partisan gerrymandering cases

Voting rights attorneys and advocates expressed an urgency to get more challenges to the court to rule before the next round of electoral map-drawing.

The Democrats targeted longtime Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who had been reelected in 2010 by a 28-percentage-point margin, but lost to a Democrat in the redrawn district in 2012 by 21 points.

Instead of deciding the constitutional question, however, the court unanimously said that the plaintiffs in the lead case from Wisconsin had not shown that they had suffered the kind of injury that would allow them standing to seek intervention from the courts. Now, instances of racially motivated voter suppression must be challenged one by one - and, as we saw in the case of Ohio's voter purges last week, these individual cases are often punted back to state election boards, overwhelmingly controlled by the GOP. Should the Supreme Court eventually restrict partisan gerrymandering, it still can't undo the policies those lawmakers enacted in the meantime. "The Court's constitutionally prescribed role is to vindicate the individual rights of the people before it".

On the other side, Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch wrote that they would have ended the lawsuit and not given the Wisconsin voters another chance to make their case.

The justices dismissed separate lawsuits from Democratic Wisconsin voters and Republican Maryland voters, who challenged the congressional maps drawn by their legislatures.

The judges said Republicans crammed Democrats into some districts and spread them out thinly across others as a way to create more districts conducive to a GOP candidate. In 2014, they increased their advantage to 52 percent of the vote.

"While Democrats would like to replicate the success of our REDMAP program from 2010, the success of that program is based on having candidates and policies that voters want, which is how Republicans flipped almost 1,000 seats during the Obama Administration on lines largely drawn by Democrats", said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee.

Monday's Supreme Court decision on how much politics can be involved in the decennial process of redrawing district lines across the country might not, at first glance, seem like much.

Maryland Democrats are defending the redrawing of the 6th District, which includes the westernmost part of the state.

The case: A federal lawsuit filed February 9 by the publisher of the Little Rock Sun, a black community newspaper, alleges that the boundaries of the First Congressional District in eastern Arkansas were drawn to dilute the voting strength of black residents. It is still possible, based on this ruling, that individuals can sue to have their own districts invalidated; and organizations such as state parties can sue to invalidate statewide maps. The plaintiffs didn't provide ample evidence that the statewide map, rather than the specifics of their districts, was at fault. "Remedying the individual voter's harm, therefore, does not necessarily require restructuring all of the State's legislative districts". It was nonetheless a blow to opponents of partisan gerrymandering.

Women dominate in Va. Democratic House primaries
Elaine Luria's victory on Tuesday likely pits her against Republican Congressman Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, in November. Supreme Court is also weighing two cases challenging partisan manipulation of district boundaries in Wisconsin and Maryland.

The next session of the U.S. Supreme Court begins in October. The plaintiffs were too late in filing and failed to make a convincing case for their likely success in a full hearing; so, the case returns to the lower court.

At the Supreme Court, the fate of partisan gerrymandering likely depends on Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"In the District Court's view, "charging ahead" and adjudicating the plaintiffs' claims in that fluctuating legal environment, when firmer guidance from this Court might have been forthcoming, would have been a mistake", the ruling said.

Justice Elena Kagan filed a concurring opinion, however, that liberals may look to figure out a roadmap for how to bring a future case, as those opposed to partisan gerrymandering are sure to regroup.

The Wisconsin case, Gill v. Whitford, was also an extreme one.

We took up the gerrymandering question in a March 2017 fact check.

"There is little to no moral hazard when it comes to gerrymandering", McDonald said.

As 2020 looms on the horizon, fighting partisan gerrymandering outside the courts may prove ever more pertinent. State Senate: 26 Republicans, seven Democrats, one independent, one vacancy. To do so from now on, voters in each district of a state will need to show that their own voting clout has been diluted. Greenbaum, though, is hopeful.

Issues may change, but the common interest in getting along does not.

Keep it civilized, keep it relevant, keep it clear, keep it short.

Leave Your Comment

Leave Your Comment


Latest News

Breaking News



Recommended

Trump to Great Lakes: Get to Work

In it, Trump cited the need to boost domestic energy production, the jobs that could produce and the financial rewards. "... But he said federal agencies could participate in regional partnerships formed by states.

James Corden and Paul McCartney Shared an Emotional Carpool Karaoke Adventure

Once back in the auto , McCartney opened up about the story behind one of the Beatle's greatest hits, " Let It Be ". While there, Paul explained how he and John Lennon had rehearsed their first Beatles songs in the living room.

Markets fall after Beijing accuses Washington of 'blackmail'

Despite the threat from Trump, China vowed to retaliate with "strong" countermeasures if the USA goes ahead with the new tariffs. The EU and India have already joined China and Russian Federation in bringing cases against the U.S.at the WTO.

Spain Face Buoyant Iran

Pouraliganji is a threat from set-pieces and could be an outlet of Iran as they are pushed back by the possession game of Spain . The win sees Spain move level on points with Portugal in Group B, while Iran and Morocco are third and fourth respectively.

Stunning England break ODI record to crush Australia

World champions Australia could only manage 239 for nine in reply as they suffered their 14th defeat in 16 completed ODIs. Australia , however, were gifted a wicket when Roy ran himself out going for a needless second run.

Migrant ship row escalates as Italy stands firm

More than 1.8 million people have entered Europe irregularly since 2014 and Italy is now sheltering some 170,000 asylum seekers. Salvini insisted Tuesday that the country's ports would no longer be open to foreign boats carrying migrants.

Korea hints at suspending military drills with US

The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War and has used them in a variety of drills. Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government.

Final preparations for US-N.Korean summit

Trump said Saturday that his upcoming meet with Kim will be a "one-time shot" to do something good for North Korean people. The agency suggested that in Singapore , Yachi might hold a meeting with Trump's national security adviser John Bolton.

When is release date? Is it on PS5? Elder Scrolls gameplay

With E3 serving as little more than a taste of Starfield , there is now no further information or a release date for the title. While Todd Howard introduced the game near the end of the conference, a great deal of mystery still surrounds this new title.

Steam Announces 'Steam Chat' Client to Improve On-Platform Communication

Voice chat has also been rebuilt from the ground up, with Valve saying it now sounds a lot cleaner than it did before. Whether that is enough to convince users to skip third-party chat clients to go back to Steam remains to be seen.