UPDATE: Courts Weigh-in on Redistricting Cases

Last week, a federal court ruled that North Carolina’s congressional districts had been unconstitutionally drawn to give Republicans a political advantage. The ruling ordered the state legislature to redraw the districts by January 24. This is the first time federal courts found a congressional map, as opposed to a state legislative map, unconstitutional based on partisan gerrymandering. The next day, federal judges in Pennsylvania upheld their state’s congressional districts, finding that the challenge to partisan gerrymandering was not for the courts to decide. The plaintiffs can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The highest court heard arguments in a case out of Wisconsin dealing with similar issues last October. A decision is expected by June.