Gerrymandering at the Supreme Court

 Gerrymandering Illustration

Ending the manipulation of political boundaries for partisan gain is one of the most pressing issues facing American democracy today.

While the U.S. Supreme Court’s recently sent cases involving a Republican gerrymander in Wisconsin and a Democratic gerrymander in Maryland back to lower courts, it is all but certain that the issue will be back at the Court in the near future – perhaps as early as the Court’s next term.

When that happens, the Court’s decisions in the Wisconsin and Maryland cases will set the stage for the Court to finally establish important limits on partisan gerrymandering. That would be a huge win for American voters ahead of the next round of redistricting in 2021.

For the uninitiated, a short preview of the Supreme Court’s partisan gerrymandering cases, Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone, that explains what makes the maps so egregious, why action against extreme gerrymandering is so urgent, and more.

Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering: Understanding the Problem

Extreme gerrymandering is undermining American democracy. Learn how 'extreme' maps are drawn, and what sets them apart from run-of-the-mill partisan gerrymanders.

The Arguments Against Extreme Gerrymandering

Learn more about the arguments and key themes in the amicus briefs submitted to the Court by the Brennan Center and a diverse array of leading constitutional scholars, academics, historians as well as civil rights and good government groups and elected officials. For more, see our annotated guides to the Whitford and Benisek amicus briefs. 

A Problem the Court Can Fix

With 2021's redistricting around the corner, there isn't a better time for the Court to step in and stop extreme map drawing. The good news is that the problem can be fixed. Extreme gerrymanders occur in only a handful of states, and are easier than ever to identify.


Bipartisan Support for Fair Maps

In an overwhelming show of support for one side in a major Supreme Court case, current and former elected officials – including John McCain, Bob Dole, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Nancy Pelosi, and more than 65 state legislators from both parties, have submitted amicus briefs urging the Court to strike down extreme maps. American leaders from across the political spectrum have long recognized the threat of partisan gerrymandering.



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