ThinkTN in the News: Supreme Court lets states continue gerrymandering unchecked

Daily Memphian (June 28, 2019) — The impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in which it declined to set limits on partisan gerrymandering could be felt in Tennessee when it starts redistricting in two years.

Controlling Republicans in the Legislature will be able to continue to draw political district lines as they see fit, based on the 5-4 decision led by conservative justices, enabling them to hold an advantage over minority Democrats.

… In response to the court’s decision, the nonpartisan group Think Tennessee pointed out the state ranked 40th for transparency in redistricting, while it noted the state’s legislative maps have “less partisan skew” than those of many other peer states.

The think tank also found small changes in the process Tennessee uses to draw federal and state legislative districts that could increase civic engagement and avert expensive litigation challenging new maps.

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