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Roles of Race and Partisanship in Legislative Maps Argued at Supreme Court

March 22, 2016

By ADAM LIPTAK
The New York Times

The Supreme Court wrestled on Monday with the role race may play in drawing legislative maps.

The case was the court’s latest attempt to solve a constitutional puzzle: how to disentangle the roles of race and partisanship when black voters overwhelmingly vote for Democrats. The difference matters because theSupreme Court has said that only racial gerrymandering is constitutionally suspect.