Supreme Court Delivers Major Blow To Republicans With Gerrymander Ruling

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Republicans are doing everything imaginable in their attempts to vote especially with only a week to go until midterm elections. There were reports in Texas that machines were changing people’s votes from Democrat to Republican. Supposedly, though, it wasn’t an issue to do with the voting machines nor was malfeasance found.

However, partisan gerrymandering has been an issue for some congressional districts. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rebuffed a bid by Republican legislators in Pennsylvania to reinstate a congressional district map struck down by that state’s top court as unlawfully biased in favor of Republicans.

 According to CNBC:

‘A new state electoral map, devised by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after it invalidated the Republican-drawn districts in January, is seen as giving Democrats a better shot at gaining seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 congressional elections in which President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans are seeking to retain control of Congress.’

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This practice is called partisan gerrymandering in which electoral maps are drafted in a way to favor one party over the other. The practice helps one party tighten its grip on power by undermining the clout of voters that tend to favor the other party.

In June, the Supreme Court failed to determine whether or not partisan gerrymandering violates the U.S. Constitution after they heard high-profile cases from Wisconsin and Maryland. CNBC reported:

‘The justices on Monday rejected the Republican appeal of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling throwing out the previous Republican-drawn map because it violated the state constitution’s requirement that elections be “free and equal” by Repmarginalizing Democratic voters.’

In addition, the high court had rejected two Republican requests to block the new district boundaries that the state high court issued to replace the old map, which had been in effect since 2011. Since 2011, Republicans have held 13 of Pennsylvania’s 18 U.S. House seats “despite Pennsylvania being a closely divided bellwether state.”

According to CNBC:

‘The state’s Republican legislative leaders urged the justices to intervene and overturn the ruling by the state court, which they accused of usurping the legislature’s authority over redistricting. The Democratic voter challengers told the justices it is long-settled law that the U.S. Supreme Court cannot review a state court’s interpretation of state law.’

Each decade the U.S. government conducts a census and state and federal legislative district boundaries are reconfigured this way. Partisan gerrymandering actually isn’t new and has been used two centuries. However, it “has become more extreme with the use of computer programs to maximize its effects in a way that critics have said warps democracy.”

In the past, the Supreme Court has set a precedent for disallowing gerrymandering intended to discriminate against minorities, but has made no specific ruling on partisan gerrymandering.

It is projected that Democrats are likely to win The House on Nov. 6, and that Republicans will maintain control of the Senate. Regardless of the exact outcome, it is highly likely that it will be a good night for Democrats.

According to CNN:

‘President Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot, but the results will be a referendum on the polarizing US leader, his policies and the Republican politicians who have tied their fortunes to his. President Trump could have more power or less in Washington by the end of Election Day.’

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