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Feb 19, 2018

Sum-Up: Here’s The Latest In The Fight Over Voting Rights

The battle over Pennsylvania’s gerrymandered congressional map continued throughout last week. The state Supreme Court had ruled last month that the state’s districts were drawn in a way that violated Pennsylvania’s constitution. The GOP legislature and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf failed to come to an agreement on a redrawing the map, with Wolf rejecting the Republicans’ offered replacement because, he said, it was also also overly partisan. With their failure to come to an agreement, the state Supreme Court sought to impose its own new map for 2018, using the advice of outside expert Nate Persily. That map was unveiled in a court order on Monday. Republican state lawmakers are expected to challenge the map in court. Pennsylvania is not the only place where lawmakers are fighting over redistricting. In North Carolina, a state court last Monday rejected Democrats’ request that the state redraw five legislative districts according to the map drawn by Persily (who was also a court-appointed expert in the…

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