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The decisions left the door open for future challenges to the practice. In a 2004 ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that "extreme" partisan gerrymandering could be unconstitutional, but that the court would need a standard for deciding when a gerrymander crosses into "extreme" territory.

Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition, the League of Women Voters and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign held a rally at the state capitol today in response to the ruling. Courts-and in particular this court-will again be called on to redress extreme partisan gerrymanders. "But the court permitted lawsuits against unfair maps to continue".

In the Maryland case, the court said the challengers had moved too slowly and that there was not enough time for orderly consideration of the case before the 2018 election season.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that "a plaintiff seeking relief in federal court must first demonstrate that he has standing to do so, including that he has 'a personal stake in the outcome, ' distinct from a 'generally available grievance about government.'" Roberts wrote the plaintiffs never followed up with "requisite proof" of harm, but gave them another chance at proving standing in the lower court.

Commentators have treated the Court's decision in Whitford v. Gill, the Wisconsin gerrymandering case, as just a technical decision, a delay in getting a substantive decision out of the Court.

"We have evidence and findings of individual harm in every district", Smith said.

Justice Elena Kagan wrote a concurring opinion, joined by the court's other liberals, that provided a glimpse of what might have been.

It remains unclear whether the Supreme Court will take up the North Carolina case. Now, at least, partisan gerrymandering challenges can live on for another day. "The technology will only get better, so the 2020 cycle will only get worse". "Cases around the country - including our challenge to Ohio's gerrymandered congressional map - will remain ongoing to ensure that voters' voices are heard". In that state, Democrats rigged their congressional maps to add an additional Democrat to the state's U.S. House delegation.

"Under current process, many people think their vote matters, but in many legislative elections, the partisan advantage for one party or the other is so significant that voters practically forfeit their right to choose their legislature", says Sen.

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And, my favorite, an amendment to delete Article III and abolish the so-called Supreme Court - I'd like to see Roberts homeless, without a job, a robe or any of the respect due a decent person.

Republican state Sens. Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson, right, review maps during a meeting of The Senate Redistricting Committee at the N.C. General Assembly, in Raleigh, N.C., February 16, 2016. It is also the goal of the Republicans who brought suit the Maryland suit drawn by Republicans that drew a popular Republican Congressman into an unwinnable district. The good news is the same computer programs that enabled partisans to draw ridiculous districts that leave voters hours from their "representatives" can just as easily create the districts that revitalize our democracy.

That "packing" and "cracking" is what the Wisconsin residents said their GOP state legislature's majority did in 2011. More than a dozen states primarily use boards or commissions to redraw state legislative districts, and about a half-dozen do so for congressional districts. The statewide gap in Wisconsin, they said, was especially high. Instead, he claimed he suffered a harm that extended beyond his own vote and his own legislative districts.

Instead, in a case challenging the heavily Republican-and heavily gerrymandered-Wisconsin legislature, the justices punted. He said the ruling provides his side with a "great deal of options ... and running room". "And only the courts can do anything to remedy the problem, because gerrymanders benefit those who control the political branches".

Roberts devoted much of his opinion to explaining why the challengers' legal theory allowed only district-by-district, as opposed to statewide, challenges.

Former governor Martin O'Malley, D, was frank about the effort in a deposition in the case, saying partisan advantage was "clearly my intent". They didn't give it a stamp of approval.

The incumbent in the district, longtime Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R, had been reelected in 2010 by a 28-percentage-point margin. But Derek W. Black at the University of SC explores a case in Alabama where school districts have been redrawn to create racially segregated schools.

"I am pleased that the highest court in the land has unanimously reversed the trial court's erroneous decision invalidating Wisconsin's Assembly map".

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