Supreme Court Hears Redistricting Case
According to the Post-Gazette, a majority of the Justices “appeared open to the argument that Pennsylvania’s congressional districts are unfairly gerrymandered.” The seven Justice court consists of five Democrats and two Republicans.
The defense, who are arguing the current maps meet the legal requirements for the map, argued that the plaintiffs do not have a right to what they claim they do.
“There is no right to proportional representation (based on statewide voter registration). There is no right to vote for somebody who wins,” attorney Mark Braden argued according to the Patriot News.
“We are hopeful that today’s arguments helped the Court understand how important it is to not allow another congressional election to take place under this map, which discriminates against voters on the basis of their political views and their votes,” Legal Director for the Public Interest Law Center Mimi McKenzie, who represents the plaintiffs, said in a press release.
If the court rules the maps need to be redrawn ahead of the 2018 primary, it could force deadlines for the Congressional campaigns back to ensure candidates have time to file in the proper districts and the Department of State to do its election day procedures.