US top court to hear Wisconsin appeal in electoral map dispute

Typically, the party in control of a state legislature will try to draw congressional and state legislative districts in such a way as to maximize their own odds.

The case will be one of the biggest heard by the Supreme Court during its term that begins in October.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, led by Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel, asked the court to stay that ruling, which would let Wisconsin's current legislative map remain in place while this Supreme Court appeal proceeds.

The Supreme Court is taking on a case about partisan advantage in redistricting that could affect elections across the United States.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up an appeal over electoral districts in Wisconsin after a lower court ruled that the state's Republican-drawn map constitutes an "unconstitutional partisan gerrymander".

"Although a majority of the court has suggested that states can violate the Constitution if they draw legislative districts primarily to benefit one political party, the justices have never been able to identify the specific point at which states cross the constitutional line", Professor Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas told CNN. The court also announced it will hear arguments in the case brought by Democrats challenging the constitutionality of the existing maps.

A decision to uphold the ruling, on the other hand, would send courts across the USA head-first into a legal thicket, where they would be asked to glean legislative intent in district-drawing and pore over electoral maps and data to discern evidence of imbalance.

The U.S. Supreme Court has never struck down a state redistricting plan on the basis of a partisan gerrymander. "As I have said before, our redistricting process was entirely lawful and constitutional, and the district court should be reversed".

But the court has not ever ruled on electoral maps that have been re-drawn simply to give a political advantage to one party over another.

In its decision, the majority in the court panel decision wrote that the Assembly district map, which was drawn in the office of a Madison law firm that often represents Republican interests, "was meant to burden the representational rights of Democratic voters.by impeding their ability to translate their votes into legislative seats". Republicans can argue that rigging the maps is legal, but anyone who believes in a truly representative democracy knows it is not right.

More news: White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller

Democratic voters sued and claimed that the legislature's action violated their First Amendment associational rights and 14th Amendment equal protection rights.

Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. A lower court ruling upheld the case, agreeing lawmakers' gerrymandering was unconstitutional.

The case is expected to have an impact nationally, deciding the standard by which courts can determine whether a redistricting plan is drawn unconstitutionally on the basis of the party affiliation of voters.

Now, however, the Wisconsin case will confront the high court with raw politics, not race.

The case will be argued in the fall.

With the separate order that split the court closely on Monday, the state legislature will now be spared the duty of working out a new map of election district for use in upcoming elections. That work is proceeding.

The justices could say as early as Monday whether they will intervene.

The Supreme Court could soon decide whether the drawing of electoral districts can be too political.

The 2-1 decision that struck down Wisconsin's legislative map found Republicans were so partisan and so precise in their drawing of Wisconsin's legislative map in 2011 that they had silenced the voices of Democratic voters in the process.

The higher the efficiency gap, plaintiffs say, the more dramatic the partisan gerrymander, and Wisconsin's legislative map had one of the highest efficiency gaps of any redistricting plan in the nation going back four decades.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

Trump cheerleaders turn on special counsel Mueller
Spicer did not outright discount the notion of removing the special counsel, but he noted Ruddy was not a spokesman for Trump. At Tuesday's Senate committee hearing, Democrats are likely to press Sessions for a commitment to remain recused.

Minecraft Cross-Play to Be Allowed on Consoles, PC, VR, and Mobile
User created content and servers are on the way which will allow a whole new kind of content for a variety of platforms. Finally, there's a new graphics pack for 4K viewing - better lighting, shadows, and water effects, the company said.

Rule gives Oregonians non-gender option on driver's license
OR became the first state in the union to allow a third gender option for non-binary people who don't identify as a man or woman. While Texas certainly feels Draconian in its human rights "efforts", the good news shining from the west coast is promising.

UFC Veteran Tim Hague Dead After Sustaining Head Injury In Boxing Match
Cody Krahn, a good friend of Hague's, said the fighter underwent emergency surgery to "relieve pressure from his brain bleeding". Jackie Neil said in a brief emailed statement on Saturday that her brother, Tim Hague , is in critical condition.

Ubisoft announces racing game The Crew 2
Following the announcement at Ubisoft's E3 2017 press conference , Ubisoft released a new batch of screenshots of The Crew 2 . Players who already played The Crew will be eligible for the Crew Rewards Program , offering up to 18 vehicles in The Crew 2 .

Nepal sees declining number of migrant workers to Qatar following crisis
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, on a Gulf tour trying to help broker an end to the crisis, defended the fighter jet deal.

Reds draft high school star Hunter Greene 2nd overall in MLB Draft
Another left hander Tech pitcher was taken when junior Jacob Patterson was selected by the St. Three more local baseball players were drafted on the third day of the MLB Draft .

NYSCOPBA adds to Ga. prison break reward fund
It's been two days since an audacious prison escape in rural Georgia left two guards dead and two fugitives on the loose. Sills described the fugitives as violent repeat offenders and extremely risky , having taken the guards' 9 mm pistols.

Tropical system could form in Gulf of Mexico later this week
The threat of flash flooding and mudslides is likely to persist in southern Mexico even after the system has dissipated. These rainfall totals could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in some areas into midweek.

Bowser needs help in Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga
As for the Bowser's Minions part of the equation, that refers to a brand-new game mode included as part of this 3DS remake. You'll be able to play the original story but also enjoy something completely new, Minion Quest .

Microsoft Minecraft update brings more players together
And with more than 100 million copies of Minecraft sold , it's a good bet plenty of people will try the servers. Update, June 12 at 11:45 a.m.: Adds details about graphics changes coming to Minecraft in the fall.

Backlash from Mayweather-McGregor will last years, says promoter Duva
Pacquiao was past his prime by the time he fought Mayweather, but he was still one of the best fighters of his generation. White on if this will break the PPV record: "I think this breaks the record in U.S. , the UK, Australia and Canada, too".

Deputy AG Rosenstein set for budget hearing Tuesday
Clinton herself, that would be a bit disturbing", Graham said. "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel". The notion was dismissed by senior White House aides later Monday evening, who said that Ruddy does not speak for the president.

Trump confirms he's under federal investigation, fires angry tweets
The tweet on Friday was the first official confirmation by Trump that he himself is under investigation. He appeared to be referring to Rod Rosenstein , deputy attorney general who is now leading the probe.

Sailing: Japan knocked out in America's Cup semifinal
June 9 Years after losing the 2013 America's Cup to Oracle Team USA , disappointment was still etched on Dean Barker's face. SoftBank's hopes were dealt a blow shortly before Friday's race, when its boat struck an unidentified object in the water.


More News

News
More News