US Supreme Court Addresses NonPartisan Redistricting

On March 2, 2015, the United States Supreme Court (USSC) heard arguments in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.   The USSC considered the power of the people versus the power of the legislature. You can find an analysis of today’s argument here.   Arizona state legislators were not happy with the redistricting map that the Independent Commission drafted and implemented in 2012.  The Court’s decision could have widespread implications on redistrictings across the country.  In places like California, where an Independent Commission has successfully drawn and redrawn congressional and state legislative districts in a nonpartisan manner, the Court’s decision could cause a ripple effect that mandates re-redistricting.  If the Arizona legislature gets its way, only elected officials, not nonpartisan citizens, will have the ability to draw the lines to get themselves reelected and continue the widespread polarization that currently exists.

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