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The Meaning of “One Person, One Vote” to be Decided by the Supreme Court (Finally)

Attached is an interesting blog post by Lyle Denniston[1] about two redistricting cases the United States Supreme Court will hear in its Fall Term.[2] One case, arising out of Texas, will answer what population measure should be used—total population, total citizen voting age, total registered voters in a state—to ensure “one person, one vote” principle announced in Reynolds v. Sims.

The other case arising out of Arizona involves a challenge to a new Arizona state legislative map on the grounds the non-minority voters were packed into predominately Republican districts. At issue is partisan gerrymandering and its potential impact on the constitutional standard of one “one person, one vote.

Both cases bear watching, especially the Court’s analysis of the proper measuring tool for drawing districts.

You can read Denniston’s blog post here.

[1] Mr. Denniston, is an “independent contractor reporter” for SCOTUS Blog, a blog that reports on the activities of the US Supreme Court.

[2] The ELECT Blog does not endorse, support, condone, or take a position on this organization and/or its findings. Rather, ELECT seeks to put it out on the blog and engage one in debate.