TheHill: Justices weigh partisan gerrymandering in potential landmark case

Lydia Wheeler
Oct 3, 2017
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The blockbuster case, which centers on Wisconsin voter maps that were struck down by a lower court last year, has drawn national attention for its potential to reshape the political landscape.   

Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) were seen in the audience for arguments.

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The voters’ attorney, Paul Smith, pushed back against Roberts’s concerns, claiming the court must step in and resolve the issue.

“If you let this go, if you say we’re not going to have a judicial remedy for this problem, in 2020, you’re going to have a festival of copycat gerrymandering the likes of which this country has never seen,” he warned.

“And it may be that you can protect the court from seeming political, but the country is going to lose faith in democracy big time because voters everywhere are going to be like the voters in Wisconsin and [say], 'No, it really doesn’t matter whether I vote.”

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