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US Supreme Court to Rule on Gerrymandering Case

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 09:39 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Wisconsin redistricting could drastically impact states' ability to redraw district lines.

The court will hear the case of Gill V. Whitford, which focuses on the district map enacted by the Wisconsin state legislature in 2011. After the redistricting, Wisconsin Republicans won 60 of the states 99 seats, although they only took 48.6 percent of the popular vote. Three judges for the federal District Court ruled 2-1 last November that the map was the result of unconstitutional gerrymandering.

"Although a majority of the court has suggested that states can violate the Constitution if they draw legislative districts primarily to benefit one political party, the justices have never been able to identify the specific point at which states cross the constitutional line. In this case, a lower court held that Wisconsin had indeed crossed that line," said Steve Vladeck, professor at the University of Texas School of Law, on CNN last month.

"If the justices agree, it would be the first time the court has articulated a constitutional rule in this context, which could — and likely would — have enormous ramifications nationwide," he added.

"If state or legislative districts are dismantled, that throws the composition potentially of state legislatures and Congress into incredible flux," attorney Caleb Burns, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C., who specializes in election law and government ethics, told The Hill.

"It's well known that only a few congressional districts are in play every election cycle, and that could change from a few dozen to every single one."

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