Supreme Court considers whether to ban rigging of legislative districts

Stephen Koff
Oct 3, 2017

Supreme Court justices Tuesday were asked to make it harder for ruling political parties to draw congressional and statehouse districts in ways that unfairly entrench their own members in power -- and disenfranchise voters of the out-of-power party.


Paul Smith said that if the court takes a pass, it will empower states across the country to use sophisticated, computerized modeling that disempowers voters more than ever. Wisconsin's ruling Republicans, who represent the state government in the case before the court, are asking for "a free pass to continue using an assembly map that is so extreme that it effectively nullifies democracy," Smith said.

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