You can add Michigan to the growing number of states ruling against district lines drawn to favor one political party over another. Federal judges in Michigan ruled last Thursday that nine congressional seats and 25 state legislative districts will need to be redrawn after it was found partisan considerations were made to create the maps to favor Republicans. The decision comes months before the United States Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on two separate gerrymandering cases concerning Democratic-controlled Maryland and Republican-held North Carolina. With a similar redistricting case in Wisconsin also waiting to be resubmitted, Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck says the more these types of cases get heard, the better it is for voters.
The Supreme Court punted on Wisconsin’s gerrymandering case last year, saying the plaintiffs involved did not establish legal standing. It is slated to be re-tried in July.