(Independent Sentinel) On Monday morning, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Gill v. Whitford, a blockbuster case that could dramatically and permanently alter the political future of this country.
In the past, the court has struck down election maps as racial gerrymanders that disadvantaged minority voters. But it has never disallowed a map on political grounds.
Justice Anthony Kennedy is in the middle on the issue. Some say the court should stay out of political disputes. Others say gerrymandering is unconstitutional.
Both political parties have engaged in gerrymandering but the Republicans currently have the advantage. They have had victories in state legislatures that allow lawmakers to draw election maps favoring their party.
This particular case started when Republicans gained complete control of Wisconsin’s government in 2010 for the first time in more than 40 years. It was a redistricting year and they rearranged the maps.
The left will argue that it deprives minorities of their votes and it violates free speech by categorizing people according to their beliefs.