WATCH: Hill Briefing On Partisan Gerrymandering

Posted by Dale Eisman on March 21, 2018


U.S. Reps. Rod Blum, R-IA, and Alan Lowenthal, D-CA, joined Atlanta attorney Emmet Bondurant and  Common Cause’s Marilyn Carpinteyro on  Tuesday to brief reporters on the  importance of independent redistricting and the current wave of legal challenges to partisan   gerrymandering.

The hourlong discussion at the U.S. Capitol came  as the Supreme Court prepared for next week’s scheduled hearing in  Benisek v. Lamone, a challenge to the partisan gerrymandering by Democrats of a Maryland congressional district. The Benisek case is one of several redistricting suits pending or on their way to the high court. Last fall, the justices heard Gill v. Whitford, a challenge to Republican gerrymandered districts in Wisconsin; no decision has been announced.

While the justices have never overturned districts drawn on a partisan basis, they have suggested that partisan gerrymandering is incompatible with democratic principles and that they want to find a workable standard for determining when boundaries drawn for partisan advantage deprive voters of the right to elect representatives of their choice.

Bondurant, a member of Common Cause’s National Governing Board, is the lead attorney in Common Cause v. Rucho, a case decided in January by a three judge federal court in North Carolina. That court ruled that congressional districts fashioned by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature were deliberately drawn to disenfranchise Democratic voters and  guarantee  a 10-3 GOP majority in  the state’s congressional delegation. Republicans have appealed the Rucho ruling but it has not been set for argument in the Supreme Court.

You can watch the full briefing here.

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Office: California Common Cause, Common Cause Iowa, Common Cause National, Common Cause North Carolina, Common Cause Wisconsin

Issues: Voting and Elections

Tags: Redistricting, Common Cause v. Rucho

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