Supreme Court to hear 2 cases on gerrymandering in Maryland, North Carolina
The Supreme Court will hear arguments in March concerning two cases challenging the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering.
The cases arise out of North Carolina and Maryland, where voters allege their politicians redrew their congressional district maps to favor one political party over the other.
The high court had heard a case out of Wisconsin the last term, which challenged partisan gerrymandering. But the justices sent it back to the lower court to decide whether the voters suffered adequate injury to bring the lawsuit, essentially punting on the issue.
“Voters nationwide are ready for a ruling from the Supreme Court that finally declares that they come first, not self-interested politicians,” said Paul Smith, vice president at the Campaign Legal Center.