Do we want a democracy in which politicians (of any party) can virtually assure their re-election and continued dominance in a state simply because of the way that they draw the maps?
The justices in a brief written ordersaid they would review a redistricting case from Wisconsin, where a three-judge lower court past year invalidated a redistricting plan enacted by the Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature in 2011. The state's lawyers said the districts were compact and neatly drawn.
The issue will be briefed and argued in the Supreme Court term that begins in October. The Supreme Court has never struck down districts because of partisan advantage.
The case involves district lines in Wisconsin that challengers say were drawn unconstitutionally to benefit Republicans. And the reverse applies in Democrat states, although they are fewer in number.
"Technology has made it easier than ever for self-interested legislators to manipulate districts for political advantage, so it is essential that courts step in to protect voters' fundamental constitutional rights". In 2012, Republicans received about 49 percent of the vote but won 60 of the 99 state Assembly seats.
The potential landmark case could decide how far state legislatures can go in drawing up district lines for partisan gain.
He continued: "If the justices agree, it would be the first time the court has articulated a constitutional rule in this context, which could - and likely would - have enormous ramifications nationwide".
Opponents of partisan gerrymandering celebrated the court's decision to consider the issue again.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was in the middle. The Court's decision in this case will determine whether that ideal becomes a reality.
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In an attempt to show why the Wisconsin maps were unconstitutional, the plaintiffs relied on the "efficiency gap" to make their case. Republicans in OH and Pennsylvania have done the reverse, concentrating urban voters in a few heavily Democratic districts.
Under the approach, developed by two University of Chicago professors, every voter packed into a district above the threshold needed to elect a candidate from his party creates a "surplus" vote. Surplus and lost votes are considered wasted votes. "Any vote cast for a losing candidate is considered wasted, as are all the votes cast for a winning candidate in excess of the number needed to win".
The Wisconsin court was not so definitive.
"Wisconsin's gerrymander was one of the most aggressive of the decade, locking in a large and implausibly stable majority for Republicans in what is otherwise a battleground state", said Brennan Center redistricting expert Thomas Wolf.
The state argues recent election results favoring Republicans were "a reflection of Wisconsin's natural political geography", with Democrats concentrated in urban areas like Milwaukee and Madison.
Several Democratic voters joined a lawsuit contending this partisan electoral map violated their rights to an equal vote.
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"Asked to comment Monday, Governor Scott Walker said", 'One person, one vote, ' the principles of community of interest, ensuring minority voting rights, all those things are protected in the plan that was passed by the Assembly and the Senate that I signed into law and I believe, in the end, the United States Supreme Court will uphold it".
Trump highlighted Charles Nobel from Wisconsin who, like many other apprentices present, benefited from an apprenticeship program. He said they were joined by governors from around the country who had just spoken about apprenticeship programs.
The elder Warmbier said he did not believe North Korea's explanation that the coma resulted from botulism and a sleeping pill. Otto Warmbier was returned to the United states and his home state of OH on Tuesday. "We've been to Washington D.C.
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