If you said once every 10 years—after the decennial census—you’d be mostly right. But Republicans so blatantly gerrymandered so many maps after they were swept into power by the 2010 Tea Party wave that courts have been knocking them down left and right. Just since the start of last year, judges have ruled that all or parts of half a dozen GOP maps are unconstitutional. That list includes:
Michigan’s congressional map,Mississippi’s state Senate map,North Carolina’s congressional map—twice,Ohio’s congressional map,Pennsylvania’s congressional map, andVirginia’s state House map.These court rulings have already had a huge impact. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision that the state’s congressional map was an illegal partisan gerrymander produced fair districts ahead of the 2018 elections, helping Democrats pick up three seats in the state in their campaign take back Congress last fall.
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David Nir, Political Director
Wed 27 May 2020 6:51 PM