Supreme Court Punts on Gerrymandering, Keeps Partisan Maps in Place

Partisan gerrymandering is alive and well after the United States Supreme Court opted not to issue a decision in pivotal cases from Wisconsin and Maryland. Many had hoped for a historic ruling in which the court would determine whether blatantly partisan gerrymandering could be unconstitutional. Instead, it sent the cases back to lower courts for further “substantiation.” The decision leaves states free to continue to draw election districts to gain partisan advantage.Democrats brought the challenge in Wisconsin against a 2011 map drawn by Republican legislators.