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The Supreme Court strikes a blow against gerrymanders, but not a knockout punch

The Supreme Court strikes a blow against gerrymanders, but not a knockout punch

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed with a lower court that North Carolina legislators had improperly taken race into account when they redrew the lines of two congressional districts in a way that made it easier for Republican candidates to prevail in other districts in the state.

The ruling is a welcome blow against the time-dishonored practice of gerrymandering — drawing district lines to give one party an unfair advantage — but it won’t eliminate the practice completely. That will require a future ruling in which the court holds that gerrymandering even in the absence of racial considerations violates the Constitution.

After the 2010 census, North Carolina’s...

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