The Supreme Court to hear case on political gerrymandering
Early on Monday, news broke that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case from Wisconsin that deals with political gerrymandering regarding how the state has drawn its electoral districts. The original case, Gill v. Whitford, was ruled on by three federal judges, who said in a 2-1 ruling that state lawmakers had unconstitutionally adjusted the boundaries of electoral districts in 2011 to favor Republicans. This isn't the first time that the Supreme Court is hearing a case on political gerrymandering, but all prior attempts failed to yield a precedent. Partisan gerrymandering of this kind is worse now than at any time in recent memory. The Supreme Court has the opportunity to ensure the maps in Wisconsin are drawn fairly, and further, has the opportunity to create ground rules that safeguard every citizen‘s right to freely choose their representatives.