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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Rucho v. Common Cause
Citation:139 S. Ct. 2484 (2019)
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The plaintiffs and North Carolina and Maryland alleged that their States’ districting plan discriminates against Democrats and Republics in each respective State and that the gerrymandering violates the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause and the Election Clause. In North Carolina, the Republican legislators instructed their mapmakers to draw a map that would produce a congressional delegation of more Republicans than Democrats. The Democrat legislators in Maryland did the opposite. The Supreme Court has not struck down a districting plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
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