US Supreme Court To Consider Partisan Gerrymander Dispute in Md. Redistricting Case

Republicans claim majority Democrats redrew the 6th Distrrcit to favor their party.


WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is adding a dispute over Maryland’s congressional map to its consideration of partisan gerrymandering.

The justices on Friday agreed to hear an appeal from Republican voters who complained that majority Democrats unfairly drew one of the state’s eight congressional districts to favor their party. The 6th District was redrawn to extend from Potmac through Frederick into Washington, Allegheny and Garrett Counties. Democrat John Delaney defeated GOP incumbent Roscoe Bartlett in 2012.

The high court already is weighing a statewide challenge to legislative districts in Wisconsin.

A lower court had put the Maryland case on hold pending the Supreme Court’s resolution of the Wisconsin case.

The justices had earlier declined a request from the Maryland voters to hear the case at the same time as the one from Wisconsin. The court offered no explanation for the change Friday.


By The Associated Press