Supreme Court set to hear gerrymandering case

WASHINTON (Gray DC) -- Wisconsin is being sued over politically gerrymandered legislative districts, and the case is just days from the Supreme Court.

Hans von Spakovsky, with the conservative Heritage Foundation, said, “I think it could be the biggest redistricting case since the early 1960s.”

The map, drawn by the Republican controlled Wisconsin state legislature, is being used as a shiny example of politicians drawing district lines to benefit themselves. A strategy called gerrymandering.

Representative Dan Kildee (D-Michigan), said, “This has been done by democratic legislatures in the past as well, it doesn’t make it right.”

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from the lawyers challenging the Wisconsin maps, and from lawyers defending what Wisconsin legislators drew up.

Spakovsky said, “If the Supreme Court recognizes political gerrymandering as a violation of the Constitution, I think it will cause chaos throughout the country.”

Spakovsky says the Supreme Court should strike down the suit against Wisconsin, otherwise he says it will open the flood gates for all states to sue over political gerrymandering.

Spakovsky said, “I know folks sometimes get upset over the way legislative districts are drawn, but the answer to that is to go after the legislators who did the drawing, not give the courts the power to go in and change things.”

Kildee said, “What we have now is seats that are drawn in such a way that the only real challenge that anybody could face, in either the Republican Party and sometimes the Democratic Party, would come from either the far left or the far right.”

Kildee put his name on a brief, along with some other Democrats and Republicans in Congress, urging the Supreme Court to find the Wisconsin district maps unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court will hear this political gerrymandering case Tuesday morning.

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