Pennsylvania’s top court on Monday threw out the state’s congressional map, ruling that Republican legislators unlawfully sought partisan advantage, and gave them three weeks to rework it in a decision that could boost Democratic chances of retaking the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a 5-2 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the electoral map violated the state’s Constitution by manipulating the district boundaries to marginalize Democratic voters, a practice called partisan gerrymandering.

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Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  This ruling is based on state law and not on the U.S. Constitution;  therefore, the U.S. Supreme Court shouldn’t have jurisdiction unless it decides that either the state law or its interpretation by state courts violate superseding federal law.  In the case of drawing legislative districts for the U.S. House of Representatives, that authority is delegated to the states.

This ruling in Pennsylvania could trigger other such legal cases in traditionally “blue” (i.e. Democratic) states which have been taken over by Republicans (“red”) in recent years.

4 thoughts on “Pennsylvania court orders new congressional map due to gerrymandering

  1. I read this this morning. It SHOULD be good news for the good guys. They SEEM to have found a way to keep the Nazis on the S.C. from over-ruling this. I HOPE that is what happens because I’m REALLY tired of Republicans running everything and fixing elections. Sorry I used SO many all CAPS on certain words. No IDEA why. It was JUST fun at the time. 🙂

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