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Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
Baker v. Carr
Citation:369 U.S. 186 (1962)
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The Tennessee legislature had not been reapportioned since 1901. The state’s demographics had changed dramatically since then. Plaintiffs, who lived in urban and suburban legislative districts that had many more voters than rural districts, claimed that their votes were diluted in violation of the Equal Protection Clause. They sought an injunction prohibiting elections under the current scheme and either a reapportionment of legislative seats in accordance with population or at-large elections for the legislature. The district court denied relief, holding the controversy a political question.
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