North Carolina’s congressional map was rejected by a panel of federal judges, Tuesday, condemned unconstitutional, as Republicans drew it seeking political advantage. The panel claimed North Carolina’s Legislature was ‘motivated by invidious partisan intent.’ The ruling, the first time a congressional map has been blocked due to partisan gerrymandering, endangers Republican seats in coming elections.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled, Monday, the state’s congressional district map is based on Republican gerrymandering, saying it ‘clearly, plainly, and palpably’ violates Pennsylvania’s Constitution. The vote allows ‘all parties and interveners’ to submit their own proposed maps for the May 15th primary election. The map must divide voters into districts with equal populations.
Following the January ruling that the existing map was an illegal partisan gerrymander, a new congressional-district map for Pennsylvania was released, Monday. The new map could significantly affect Democratic Party efforts to take control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections this fall. Republicans are expected to appeal the court-drawn map.
Republican requests to delay a Pennsylvania state court ruling requiring the state’s congressional map to be redrawn were denied by the Supreme Court, Monday. The ruling means the map could be redrawn ahead of November midterm elections. The way the legislative map is redrawn could impact the Democrats’ attempt to regain House control in Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday announced that it will consider whether gerrymandering, the process of redrawing district lines to give an advantage to one party over another, is unconstitutional. The new case is the result of an appeal of the decision that ruled the legislative map of the Wisconsin State Assembly unconstitutional after its control has been passed to Republicans in 2010. The issue is to be briefed and argued during the Supreme Court term which will begin in October.