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BGH bypasses consideration of partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, Maryland redistricting cases

In this October. To listen 3, 2017, file photo, people line-up outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, arguments in a case about political maps in Wisconsin

( (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file) (Copyright in 2017, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.))

The Supreme Court on Monday took a pass on the decision to create the limits of partisan gerrymandering – or the efforts of state legislatures, voting cards at the cheapest to a political party.

The judges dismissed separate complaints by Democratic Wisconsin voters and Republicans in Maryland voters, the drawn against the Congress-maps, which by their legislative bodies.

In the Wisconsin case, the court, on narrow grounds, said the 12 democratic voters, brought the suit lacked “standing” or to bring the case-law, is the suit

In throwing the case back to the lower courts, is in favour of the high court on the larger question: a workable standard to the front, which apply nationwide.

“We leave for another day consideration of other possible theories of harm are not here presented, and whether these theories are able to present justiciable claims give rise to a country-wide remedy,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts, for the unanimous court.

This is the case, legal disputes could come from North Carolina, floating on the voice. The judge could decide to accept in the coming weeks, that the appeal would be argued in the court term that begins in October.

In response, Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, he replied, “The Supreme court an opportunity today to lay down a firm marker, as a partisan gerrymandering is so extreme that it violates the constitutional rights of the voters. But the court allows lawsuits against unfair maps to continue.”

The lack of a final decision on the threshold to judge the end of the Problem, there is a higher uncertainty for the efforts to reform the map-drawing process, and the high court could make it more difficult that such legal challenges for the future.

The stakes are huge: the balance of power in the country, and the Congress tilt could change in the coming years, in particular after the 2020 census, voting boundaries are redrawn based on population.

Question in Maryland, was whether Republican voters could go to court and challenge a redistricting plan they say violated their First Amendment rights. 2011-voting card shifted the political balance in the state, in the rural 6th congressional district, turning a traditional GOP stronghold, a Democrat in a blue state.

The judge also heard arguments on the legislative boundaries created by Wisconsin Republicans, and whether these lines were unjustly out of balance with the state’s closely divided political make-up.

The Wisconsin case is Gill v. Whitford (16-1161).

The Maryland case, Benisek v. Lamone (17-333).

 

 

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