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Gerrymandering takes a Supreme Court hit

The US Supreme Court upheld a voter initiative in Arizona that put the ability to redraw the southwestern state's congressional districts into the hands of an independent panelThe US Supreme Court on Monday upheld a voter initiative in Arizona that put the ability to redraw the southwestern state’s congressional districts into the hands of an independent panel. In a 5-4 decision, it effectively snuffed any hope of Arizona’s Republican-controlled legislature of redrawing the state electoral map to better Republican candidates’ chances at voting time. The case centered on a 2000 voter initiative, called Proposition 106, which amended Arizona’s state constitution to create the five-member Independent Redistricting Commission.

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