U.S. state court rules against political ‘gerrymandering’ – WikiTribune


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Pennsylvania unfairly restructured its congressional map in order to favor voters who preferred Republicans, according to a ruling from the state’s Supreme Court.

A swing state, Pennsylvania has an equitable mix of liberal and conservative voters, yet the state has 13 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and only five Democrats.

This structural tilt towards the GOP is no accident, but the result of the state legislature redrawing the districts that are represented in Washington, D.C. This partisan ploy, often referred to as “gerrymandering,” is a state-level process with federal ramifications.

Mock up of ‘Gerrymandering.’ Posted by Reddit user: N8theGr8
https://www.reddit.com/r/woahdude/comments/2xgqss/this_is_how_gerrymandering_works/

Gerrymandering has a long history with both political parties. But with Republicans currently controlling the majority of statehouses, recent gerrymandering has disproportionately hurt Democrats.

This is not the first battle over partisan redistricting. In North Carolina, a federal judge ruled that Republican state leadership was also unconstitutionally tilting their congressional maps towards their own party.

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