By Ann Brown
Gerrymandering is a practice of trying to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries. And now judges have ruled that Michigan congressional districts are unconstitutionally gerrymandered.
But now, Republicans in both Michigan and Ohio have requested the Supreme Court to temporarily block lower court rulings ordering them to draw new district lines to replace gerrymandered maps.
The League of Women Voters of Michigan and Democratic voters had filed a lawsuit in the state and in the suit they claimed districts were shaped by Republican operatives to guarantee the party’s dominance in the state Capitol after the 2010 census. According to court papers, they said constitutional rights were violated when Democratic areas were placed in certain districts.
It was a three-judge federal panel that made the ruling “that Michigan’s congressional and legislative maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered for partisan gain, ordering the state Legislature to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election. The decision also requires special state Senate elections to be held in 2020, instead of 2022 as scheduled. It is the latest development in a series of redistricting lawsuits in at least a dozen states,” CBS News reported.
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