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Feb 12, 2018

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

As we get closer to the midterm elections, reporters have their eyes on a few key gerrymandering cases, and are watching to see whether the legal ground is shifting on redistricting issues. Pennsylvania was the site of much of that action over the last week. On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court released an opinion backing the order it had issued last month, overturning the state’s 2011 U.S. congressional map, which, the court found, was tilted in favor of Republicans. The opinion raised a number of reasons the map — which featured a district so misshapen that some observers dubbed it “Donald Duck Kicking Goofy” — was illegal. Election law experts have touted the opinion as a landmark one because it used Pennsylvania’s state constitution, rather than the U.S. Constitution, to rule the districts illegal. Pennsylvania Republicans are not happy with this turn of events. Rep. Cris Dush, a Republican state representative, suggested impeaching the five Democratic judges on the Court. It’s yet to be seen whether his…

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