The state Supreme Court’s order on Monday joins a string of court decisions that have struck down political maps for unduly favoring one political party. The court ordered that a new map be submitted to it by Feb. 15.
The decision makes it likely the 2018 elections will be held using districts favorable to Republicans, but it is not particularly telling as the court weighs partisan gerrymandering.
If courts are to combat voting districts warped by politics, a judge wrote, they must take account of advances in social science.
Diverging decisions this week by federal judges in North Carolina and Pennsylvania are certain to draw the Supreme Court’s interest as it mulls whether to curtail partisan gerrymandering.
The high-profile gerrymandering case, which could have important consequences for the 2018 midterm elections, will head to the state’s Supreme Court.
Census officials, scrapping mail-in forms for an online count, need money and the public’s trust to get an accurate head count. They’re short of both.