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Chapter : Supreme Court Rules on Partisan Gerrymandering : June 27, 2019
Supreme Court Rules on Partisan Gerrymandering : June 27, 2019
On June 27, 2019, in a 5–4 landmark decision likely to impact elections nationwide, the Supreme Court ruled that federal courts have no role to play in the policing of partisan gerrymandering of political districts. “We conclude,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority in Rucho v. Common Cause, “that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts.” This ruling effectively ended decades of struggle by the federal courts to determine whether election maps could be so partisan that they rise to the level of a constitutional violation. Roberts did not deny that “excessive partisanship in districting leads ...