The first two months of 2017 have brought an appeal in a major Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case, a trial date in partisan gerrymandering cases in North Carolina, and a ruling reversing the decision of the trial court in a Virginia racial gerrymandering case. Read the round up of where these and other key redistricting cases currently stand.
2017 could bring rulings in the 13 cases that are currently before the courts. These cases could have significant consequences for upcoming elections and set precedents for how important redistricting issues are handled in the future.
Redistricting cases can be head-spinning, and Monday’s argument at the Supreme Court in McCrory v. Harris, the latest in a line of contentious election-related disputes out of North Carolina, is no exception.
A three-judge panel in the U.S. District Court in Wisconsin issued a ruling in Whitford v. Gill, holding that Wisconsin’s 2011 state assembly redistricting plan violated both the First and the Fourteenth Amendments.