The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear a case debating the constitutionality of drawing election maps. While the Supreme Court has previously ruled on maps that were drawn to suppress the voices of racial minorities, the court has never decided if gerrymandering — where district boundaries are defined in ways that benefit one party over another — is likewise unconstitutional. In the Wisconsin case being heard by the Supreme Court, three federal judges previously ruled that the state's Republican Party violated the Constitution's equal rights protections by gerrymandering election maps. The Supreme Court's decision could signal a "potentially fundamental change in the way American elections are conducted," The Washington Post reports. The Court will hear the case this fall.
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