Supreme court sidesteps ruling in partisan gerrymandering cases

People gather in front of the supreme court in Washington on Monday as the court sidestepped two major cases concerning partisan gerrymandering.

The supreme court dodged a decision on whether it is constitutional for political parties to redraw electoral maps to gain a partisan advantage.

In two cases, one in Maryland and one in Wisconsin, the court on Monday found procedural reasons not to issue a ruling on gerrymandering.

Instead of making a landmark ruling, the cases were both kicked back to lower courts for new hearings.

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In Maryland, the map had been redrawn by Democrats, while in Wisconsin, Republicans had done the same to gain an advantage.

Partisan gerrymandering has become a hot button issue in recent years as state legislatures have concerted efforts to draw electoral maps for political advantage with aid of technology that enables line drawing to be…

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