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Thhe Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether partisan gerrymandering – in which voting districts are drawn to favor one party – is a time-honored American political tradition or has evolved into an unconstitutional rigging of elections.

The Wisconsin case of Gill vs. Whitford, to be heard in the fall, could yield one of the most important rulings on political power in decades.

Gerrymandering has been derided for generations, often mocked in cartoons depicting bizarre-shaped districts that look like salamanders or spiders.

But in recent decades, thanks to software programs, gerrymandered maps looks less obvious and are more effective in giving one party an insurmountable advantage. The maps can all but assure that the party in power at the beginning of the decade — when districts are drawn — will maintain control of the state legislature and win most of the state’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrats maintain that the GOP has used its control of electoral maps after the 2010 census to give Republicans an unfair grip on power in Congress.

For example, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan are closely divided states in terms of party affiliation and all voted for former President Obama. Yet 34 of their 48 House representatives are Republican thanks largely to partisan gerrymandering.

North Carolina’s electoral map was rejected by the Supreme Court recently for illegally using race in an effort to create more GOP-leaning districts. It sends 10 Republicans and three Democrats to the House, even though statewide races often reflect a population that is narrowly divided.

Democrats have played the same game, although they now control far fewer states. In Maryland, Democrats drew a map that allowed their party to control seven of the eight seats in the House.

What is unclear is whether the justices see this as politics as usual. In the past, the Supreme Court has viewed political gerrymandering as distasteful but not illegal. The justices have never struck down a state’s electoral map because it was unfairly partisan, though they have outlawed gerrymandering along racial lines.

Voting rights advocates are hopeful it will be different this time. They say party leaders have gone too far in rigging the system in their favor.

Paul Smith, lawyer for Campaign Legal Center, said partisan gerrymandering “is worse now than any time in recent memory.” He represents a dozen Democratic voters from Wisconsin who sued the state over its electoral map for the state assembly.

The map makes it likely the GOP will win a supermajority of seats in the assembly, even when more votes are cast statewide for Democrats than for Republicans.

In 2012, 51% of Wisconsin voters cast ballots for Democrats in the state legislative races, compared with 48.6% for Republicans. But Republicans still won 60 of the 99 seats in the assembly.
Partisan gerrymandering is almost as old as America, but will the Supreme Court decide it has gone too far? - LA Times

Gerrymandering is one way that our government ignores the actual will of the people.
Whether by SCOTUS decision or other method, it needs to end.
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