June 21, 2017

Question of the Week — Does Partisan Gerrymandering Violate the Constitution?

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

The Supreme Court recently announced a significant decision—without actually issuing a judgement. Earlier this week, the justices revealed that they will consider whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution. While there is notable case law prohibiting racial gerrymanders, the Supreme Court has never disallowed an electoral map because of partisan gerrymandering.

The case the Court will consider is an appeal from a federal court decision that struck down the Wisconsin State Assembly legislative map for unfairly favoring Republicans. News reports indicate that this is the first such ruling on unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering in three decades. Wendy Weiser, the director of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, stressed the importance of the Supreme Court’s decision to take on such a case, as “a historic opportunity to address one of the biggest problems facing our electoral system. Gerrymandering has become so aggressive, extreme, and effective that there is an urgent need for the Supreme Court to finally step in and set boundaries.”

What do you think?  Does Partisan Gerrymandering Violate The Constitution? 

Does Partisan Gerrymandering Violate the Constitution?

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2 Responses to “Question of the Week — Does Partisan Gerrymandering Violate the Constitution?

  1. I’m hoping that this will be looked at and changed to no gerrymandering and that districts be changed back to the original boundaries.

  2. Gerrymandering disenfranchises a significant number of voters in any state where it occurs. Both major parties have benefited from it, but it is always unfair in electing candidates that truly represent the people.