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Diamond v. Torres

On November 9, a group of Democratic voters filed suit in federal court challenging Pennsylvania’s congressional map as a partisan gerrymander.

Published: April 9, 2018

Note: The Brennan Center is not a participant in this case.

Case Background

A group of Pennsylvania residents who are Democrats filed a suit against state elections officials, contending that the state’s 2011 congressional map is a partisan gerrymander in violation of the Elections Clause, and the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs allege the Republican legislature drew the map with the intent of maximizing Republican power by cracking and packing Democratic-affiliated voters into specific districts to dilute their voting power and deny them a realistic opportunity to elect their candidates of choice.

The plaintiffs have asked the court to expeditiously declare the congressional plan invalid and an injunction prohibiting the legislature from administering any elections processes under the plan for 2018.

The court directed the defendants to respond to the plaintiffs’ first amended complaint by January 5. The district court held a scheduling conference on January 11.

On January 11, the legislative defendants filed a motion to dismiss and motion to stay or abstain. On January 23, the court granted the legislative defendants’ motion to stay. 

On April 9, the court dismissed the case on stipulation of the parties. 


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