SCOTUS Refused to Take On Partisan Gerrymandering. Time for Legislators to Step Up
Last week, the Supreme Court delivered some bad news for American democracy. In a 5-4 opinion, the five justices in the majority found that partisan gerrymandering was an issue “beyond the reach of the federal courts.” In contrast, Justice Elena Kagan wrote on behalf of the four dissenters that the partisan gerrymanders at issue “debased and dishonored our democracy” and “deprived citizens of the most fundamental of their constitutional rights.”
The good news is that gerrymandering can still be fixed — by state legislatures or by Congress. States currently determine how all districts are drawn, but Congress could also set standards for federal districts, because the Constitution grants Congress wide latitude to regulate federal elections. In other words, the Supreme Court’s decision, though lamentable, is not the last word in the fight against gerrymandering.
The above excerpt was originally published in Morning Consult. Click here to view the full article.
The positions of American Progress, and our policy experts, are independent, and the findings and conclusions presented are those of American Progress alone. A full list of supporters is available here. American Progress would like to acknowledge the many generous supporters who make our work possible.
Director, Campaign Finance and Electoral Reform