Samuel A. Alito

'Cracking and packing:' Tame the gerrymander

'Cracking and packing:' Tame the gerrymander

While much of the country remains focused on the recent devastation brought on Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, the nation’s political class (also known as the “swamp” in the Donald Trump era) was likely tuned to the U.S. Supreme Court this morning where justices pondered a ruling that could eventually wreak havoc on Congress and state legislatures across the country. The question? Whether there is a point at which manipulation of voting districts for the purpose of favoring one political party over another goes so far that it denies constitutional rights of voters, and if so, whether the courts can then reasonably intervene to correct that problem.

The gerrymandering case at hand, Gill...

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