Civil Rights Organizations Weigh in on Supreme Court's Decision on Partisan Gerrymandering

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington as the justices prepare to hand down decisions Monday

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington as the justices prepare to hand down decisions Monday

Chief Justice John Roberts has often expressed his desire and intent to keep the Court apolitical despite the very political process that leads to the nomination and confirmation of the justices.

North Carolina's congressional districts face similar criticism but this time from the Democrats who make the same partisan manipulation claims against Republicans.

Gerrymandering is the dissection of voting districts in a way that manipulates the outcomes of elections by artificially stacking them in favor of one party.

Chabot commended the Supreme Court, saying by email that OH has already passed redistricting reform, and "it would be an unjust usurpation for the federal courts to substitute their opinions for those of the OH legislature and voters".

The Supreme Court of the United States in November 2018, with Associate Justice Elena Kagan third from left in back row.

"The Court's holding reflects an unprecedented departure from our deferential review of discretionary agency decisions", Thomas wrote. Those courts included 15 federal judges appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents reaching back to Jimmy Carter.

Lower federal courts have decided that voting maps drawn for partisan gains in five states - including Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin - went too far.

Claims of partisan gerrymandering does not belong in federal court and should be handeled by the states says the Supreme Court in a ruling on Thursday. One was drawn by Republicans in North Carolina.

Voters in five states - Michigan, Missouri, Colorado, Utah and OH -passed ballot measures in 2018 that created similar panels.

Previously, the Supreme Court had done what courts sometimes do - make rulings around the periphery instead of cutting to the issue at hand.

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Mark Herron, a Tallahassee-based elections lawyer who worked with the coalition that challenged the 2012 redistricting maps said the U.S. Supreme Court "has been unable to articulate standards to measure what gerrymandering is. but we've already done that".

Immigration watchdog groups reacted by expressing disbelief and questioning the wisdom of the court ruling. That bill is unlikely to get a hearing in the Republican-controlled Senate, however, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it "an attempt to rewrite the rules of American politics to benefit Democrats".

Under the court's decision, however, there still is a chance the census could ask every American household about the citizenship of its residents, Garza noted.

In anticipation of the verdict, protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court on Thursday morning.

"We applaud the Supreme Court's decision today to prohibit the inclusion of an unnecessary citizenship question", said Andreas Williams, the executive director of Causa, an immigrant rights group said.

It's unclear whether the administration would have time to provide a fuller account.

"Unable to identify any legal problem with the Secretary's reasoning, the Court imputes one by concluding that he must not be telling the truth", Thomas wrote. And the court noted that the reasoning behind wanting the question added "appears to have been contrived" and that "accepting contrived reasons would defeat the goal of the enterprise". Ross said the Justice Department had requested the citizenship question in order to protect minorities' ability to vote. "If people are in the extremes, nothing gets accomplished".

The Supreme Court ruled that the proposed citizenship question won't be added because the explanation for doing so is insufficient.

For this reason, the only intelligent answer to this year's big census question is this: Let the count proceed. The citizenship question would have amplified that feeling, he said, resulting in an undercount of our population. After Hofeller's death, his daughter found that he had urged the Trump government to add a citizenship question to the census.

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