WASHINGTON – Today, the Supreme Court ruled on two cases, Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek, that federal courts do not have a role to play in deciding partisan gerrymandering claims in a 5 to 4 decision. This ruling allows states to make the final decision in partisan gerrymandering cases by declining to set a constitutional standard.
“The Supreme Court ruling today gives the green light for elected officials to choose their voters, instead of their voters choosing them, through partisan gerrymandering. This decision completely fails to protect our constitution and disenfranchises voters already lacking rights under the Equal Protection Clause. I wholeheartedly disagree with this ruling because it will increase the partisan divide in our country as we move forward,” said Rep. Ron Kind.
Read the Supreme Court Opinion for Rucho v. Common Cause here.