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Congressional Redistricting Law: Background and Recent Court Rulings

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44798.pdf

Analyzes key Supreme Court   and lower court decisions on (1) the constitutional requirement of population equality among districts, (2) the intersection between the Voting Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause, (3) the issue of partisan gerrymandering, and (4) the constitutionality of state ballot initiatives which call for redistricting by independent commissions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists