Broad review of partisan gerrymandering urged

A group of Maryland Republican voters, claiming that they were penalized for supporting their party’s candidates in the polling booth, asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to make a sweeping review of the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering, and to do so before next summer.  The document called for back-to-back hearings, on the same day, in their case and in a similar pending case from North Carolina. The new filing argued bluntly: “If this Court does not take the opportunity, once and for all, to condemn political gerrymandering as the First Amendment violation that it is, it will be giving a green light to lawmakers across the country to engage in gerrymandering in 2020 like never before.”  (Redistricting of political boundaries is usually necessary after every 10-year census, due to population shifts.) The seven GOP voters, who live in a western Maryland area that for decades routinely elected a Republican to a seat in the U.S. House of…

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