The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to decline imposing legal limits on how lawmakers draw electoral districts, dismissing challenges brought by Democrats in North Carolina and Republicans in Maryland. “The high court said partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions that federal courts cannot decide,” reported The Wall Street Journal. The ruling comes ahead of the 2020 census that will require the redrawing of district maps to account for population shifts and could be even more gerrymandered with the ruling no longer pending. This is a major development, as Democrats hope to stop the GOP from drawing districts to favor the 2020 election. We expect this decision to have long-term ripple effects.
Here’s more from Wall Street Journal…
Federal judges have no authority to correct partisan gerrymandering, the Supreme Court said Thursday in a 5-to-4 decision that allows politicians to keep drawing electoral districts that entrench their power unless state law—or future congressional legislation—keeps them from doing so.
The decision by the court’s conservatives majority overruled lower courts and rejected two constitutional challenges partisan district mapmaking, one brought by Democrats North Carolina and another bye Republicans in Maryland.