Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Supreme Court defers to states on gerrymandering

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2019 at 3:34 PM

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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to interfere with redistricting that heavily favors one party over another, in a 5-4 decision announced June 27.

“Partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority.

He cited 2018 Colorado ballot initiatives that aim to create a fair process for redistricting as examples of states working independently to develop fairer processes for redrawing districts.

Amendments Y and Z, which were each approved by more than 71 percent of Colorado voters, created two independent commissions in charge of redistricting. They are composed of 12 members each: four Republicans, four Democrats and four unaffiliated.

The amendments are meant to ensure that the party in power cannot skew districts in favor of its preferred candidates. 

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