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Jan 7, 2019

Voting Rights: Kavanaugh’s Thoughts On Partisan Gerrymandering Become Very Important

The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would hear partisan gerrymandering cases coming from North Carolina and Maryland. Voting rights advocates have for years tried to get the Supreme Court to rein in partisan gerrymandering. However, now that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was seen as a potential swing vote on the issue, has been replaced by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, it’s also possible that the justices are taking up the cases to declare that courts should not be in the business of policing partisan gerrymandering. Both cases are appeals of lawsuits where the lower courts threw out legislative maps on the basis of partisan gerrymandering. House Democrats kicked off a new Congress last week with the introduction of a sweeping democracy reform bill. The legislation, which Mitch McConnell has already said he won’t bring up for a vote in the Senate, includes a smorgasbord of proposals championed by voting rights advocates, including automatic voter registration, a mandate that states allow…

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