Democrats have finally been dealt a big blow on the gerrymandering front, and this one is going to sting.
Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor, Tony Evers, wanted to pass a new district map based on race.
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against the plan.
Back to the Drawing Board
The unsigned opinion stated that Wisconsin’s Supreme Court “committed legal error” in applying the Voting Rights Act to the new redistricting plan.
Justice Breyer sided with the conservatives on the Court, while the two remaining justices called the ruling “unprecedented.”
The Court stated, “Under the Equal Protection Clause, districting maps that sort voters on the basis of race ‘are by their very nature odious.’
“[Evers’] main explanation for drawing the seventh majority-black district was that there is now a sufficiently large and compact population of black residents to fill it … apparently embracing just the sort of uncritical majority-minority district maximization that we have expressly rejected.”
The opinion concluded, “On remand, the Court is free to take additional evidence if it prefers to reconsider the Governor’s maps rather than choose from among the other submissions.
“Any new analysis, however, must comply with our equal protection jurisprudence.”
This is a pretty notable decision because there are several Democrat states where this “method” of drawing maps has been used.
Republicans now at least have some hope that they may now win some of these gerrymandering cases that have flipped close to a dozen seats in Congress.
Source: The Blaze