Federal Court Opens the Door to Restrictions on Partisan Gerrymandering

November 23, 2016

New York Magazine
By Ed Kilgore

As the clock slowly ticks down toward the next decennial round of congressional and state legislative redistricting after the 2020 census, a federal court decision in Wisconsin could represent the beginning of a whole new regime of judicial supervision of partisan gerrymandering. The 2-1 decision from a three-judge district court panel is a potential landmark because it adopted a new standard for judging redistricting actions aimed at maximizing partisan advantages, something courts have in the past considered impractical.