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Will the Supreme Court Weigh In on Gerrymandering?

Mar 27, 2019

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at a "Fair Maps" rally in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
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Today, a conversation about gerrymandering and the future of voting districts. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two gerrymandering cases  – one from Maryland, the other from North Carolina.

Here in Maryland, a group of Republican voters contend that the state’s 6th Congressional District was unfairly redrawn in 2011 to favor Democrats. Gerrymandering, or the practice of manipulating voting district boundaries to give political advantage to one party, has a long tradition in America. It enjoys wide bi-partisan support among politicians who rely on it for job security, but polls show that voters strongly disapprove of the practice.  

Tom Wolf, Counsel with the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, and Andy GreenThe Baltimore Sun's Editorial Page Editor, join us to take a closer look.