Showdown on Partisan Gerrymandering in Maryland

July 11, 2016

Brennan Center for Justice

Tomorrow in Baltimore, a panel of three federal judges will hear argument in Shapiro v. McManus, a lawsuit by Maryland voters who contend their state’s congressional map is unconstitutional due to partisan gerrymandering. Tuesday’s hearing — on the question of whether the suit should proceed to a trial — is the latest development in a case that could soon present the U.S. Supreme Court with its first opportunity in more than a decade to address unresolved questions about the viability of partisan gerrymandering claims brought under the First Amendment.