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High Court Should Rule No Party Has a 'Right' to Win

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In April of 2015 file photo, then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. In mid-January of this year, Holder formally announced a new effort aimed at challenging the partisan gerrymandering that’s left Democrats struggling to win local and state offices. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 01:06 PM Current | Bio | Archive

We have joined with the Allied Educational Foundation (AEF) in filing an additional amici curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to convince the high court to reject the arbitrary method of drawing Wisconsin’s electoral districts adopted in Beverly R. Gill, et al. v. William Whitford, et al. (No. 16-1161).

The lower court struck down Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan on the grounds that it was an unconstitutional gerrymander. We asked the high court to take up the case and overturn that ruling. We filed an earlier amici brief in this case.

Judicial Watch and AEF argued in our joint brief against the ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. That ruling relied in part on the use of a test for gerrymandering known as the "the efficiency gap," which focuses on a purely hypothetical estimate of what each party "should" win in a "fair" election.

We point out that the test amounts, in practice, to court-ordered proportional representation, and that this will not prevent gerrymandering, "After all, it is not the case that any deviation from the strict proportional representation of voters by party is suspicious. [P]roportional representation has nothing to do with preventing gerrymandering.

"Deviations from proportional representation, however defined, may occur for any number of reasons other than gerrymandering, including the political views or missteps or personal qualities of the candidates of one of the parties. The absence of proportional representation does not uniquely identify gerrymanders. In any event, proportional representation is not required by the Constitution."

There is a massive leftwing effort to oppose gerrymandering, led by Obama’s corrupt attorney general Eric Holder. Rather than make sensible constitutional arguments regarding partisan gerrymandering, leftists want the courts to overturn district lines if not enough Democrats win. The Supreme Court will now have a chance to rule that Democrats — or any political party — will not have a constitutional right to win elections.

(The Allied Educational Foundation is a charitable and educational foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life through education. In furtherance of that goal, the Foundation has engaged in a number of projects, which include, but are not limited to, educational and health conferences domestically and abroad. AEF has partnered frequently with Judicial Watch to fight government and judicial corruption and to promote a return to ethics and morality in the nation’s public life.)

Tom Fitton is the president of Judicial Watch. He is a nationally recognized expert on government corruption. A former talk radio and television host and analyst, Tom is well known across the country as a national spokesperson for the conservative cause. He has been quoted in Time, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and most every other major newspaper in the country. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Leftists want the courts to overturn district lines if not enough Democrats win. The Supreme Court will now have a chance to rule that no political party does not have a constitutional right to win.
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