Supreme Court will rule on case that could change the American election system

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The Supreme Court has agreed to take on a case about legislative maps this fall that could affect the outcome of future elections.

Voters in Wisconsin have challenged a legislative map in their state which they claim gives Republicans a partisan advantage, and say it is a violation of the Constitution.

Bloomberg notes that the Supreme Court has never before struck down a legislative map as being too partisan, but they have agreed to hear this case, known as “Gill v. Whitford, 16-1161,” starting sometime in October.

Critics have argued that the way the legislative map is drawn allows Republican congressional candidates to have an advantage in elections, and leaves voters with little influence over their representatives. Additionally, they claim that the GOP successes in the 2010 elections allowed them to draw out many of the current maps.

In the 2012 election, even through losing the Wisconsin statewide vote, Republicans won 69 out of 99 State Assembly seats, and “wield legislative powers unearned by their actual appeal to Wisconsin’s voters,” challengers are claiming.

State officials asked the Supreme Court to take up the case after a three-judge panel voted 2-1 that the GOP-drawn map was “so partisan it violated the Constitution’s fee-speech and equal protection clauses.”

Republicans are appealing the decision, stating that the map “complies with traditional redistricting principals,” and that a high concentration of Democrats in urban areas is actually what caused the Republican advantage.

The outcome of the case is expected to affect similar pending disputes in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

 

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