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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Baker v. Carr
Citation:369 U.S. 186 (1962)
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The Tennessee legislature had failed to enact any reapportionment of the state legislative districts, despite a state constitutional requirement for decennial reapportionment. Due to population growth and shifts, plaintiffs claimed that they were denied the equal protection of the laws by virtue of the debasement of their votes. Only about 40% of the Tennessee voter elected Congress members. The Supreme Court held that the district court had subject matter jurisdiction of the controversy and the plaintiffs had the standing to sue.
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