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Rucho v. Common Cause

United States Supreme Court
139 S. Ct. 2484 (2019)


Facts

North Carolina Republican legislators (defendants) redistricted using a map drawn specifically to produce 10 Republican and three Democrat congressional delegates, even though more Democrats received votes than Republicans statewide. Meanwhile, Maryland Democrat legislators redistricted using a map designed to “flip” the one remaining Republican district by moving 360,000 voters out and 350,000 in. Both states’ voters (plaintiffs) challenged the redistricting maps as violating equal protection, the First Amendment, and the Elections Clause. Both trial courts found for the voters. After consolidation of appeals, the United States Supreme Court accepted review of whether courts have judicial power to strike down partisan gerrymandering.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Roberts, C.J.)

Dissent (Kagan, J.)

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