The Supreme Court on Monday side-stepped the issue of partisan gerrymandering, sending one challenge out of Wisconsin back down to the lower court and dismissing a second challenge out of Maryland.
The justices ruled narrowly against a group of Democratic voters in Wisconsin who challenged their state’s redistricting map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
The court said the residents lacked standing to bring the case forward and remanded the case back down to the lower court to give the voters an opportunity to prove they were injured by the maps, which were drawn by Republican legislators.
The case, Gill v. Whitford, stems from a challenge Democratic voters brought against the redistricting of legislative districts. They argue Republican officials unfairly and strategically put them at a disadvantage.
The court also ruled against Republican voters in Maryland who claimed they were unfairly put at a disadvantage by Democrats.
In the Maryland case, known as Benisek v. Lamone, the court affirmed a district court’s decision not to issue a preliminary injunction for the state’s Sixth Congressional District.
Republican voters in the state had argued Democrats had drawn the district lines to dilute their voting power and beat the Republican incumbent.
BY LYDIA WHEELER – 06/18/18