Supreme Court Hears Two Gerrymandering Cases

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The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in two cases focused on redistricting today. They both concern whether certain districts were purposefully drawn to group together African-American voters into majority-minority districts, something that could lessen their overall representation in state legislatures and Congress.

In McCrory v. Harris, the court will determine whether to uphold a lower North Carolina court's decision, which ruled that two Congressional districts were intentionally packed with minorities. And in Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, justices will decide whether Republican representatives in Virginia gerrymandered a dozen districts for the same purpose. In the Virginia case, the lower court ruled those districts to be legal.

Richard Briffault, a professor at Columbia Law School who focuses on government and legislation, says these cases hinge on whether the state officials were participating in partisan gerrymandering, which has been ruled constitutional, or racial gerrymandering, which is illegal.

 Check out the map below to check out see how each state is gerrymandered.