October 3, 2017      6:38 PM
KR: Wisconsin redistricting case could make for a more balanced Texas legislature
Justice Kennedy, the swing vote, said partisan gerrymandering could be argued as a First Amendment issue, arguing that a Democrat, by association, has an interest in his or her party having adequate representation in an elected body
produced the test case for partisan gerrymandering before the U.S.
Supreme Court today, with plaintiffs arguing such a concept can be
measured as a factor in map drawing.
idea of gerrymandering – cracking and packing voting districts – has been front
and center in every challenge to political maps in Texas.
Wisconsin, the question centers on maps that were drawn, and then redrawn, to maximize
the long-term incumbency of state Republicans. As Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed out in today’s arguments of Gill v Whitford,
long-term incumbency for any sitting politician might simply come down to the
proper tweaking of computer software.
arguments around partisan gerrymandering can’t be tried under the Voting
Rights Act, which protects racial minorities. So, today’s arguments
settled along different lines.
By Kimberly Reeves