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Supreme Court skeptical of citizen panels that redraw congressional districts
Supreme Court skeptical of citizen panels that redraw congressional districts

The future of California’s effort to entrust a nonpartisan citizens’ panel with redrawing the state’s congressional districts appeared in serious doubt Monday after arguments in the Supreme Court. The court’s conservative justices voiced agreement with a lawyer for Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature who insisted the Constitution reserved redistricting power exclusively for elected state lawmakers. Voters in Arizona and California have approved ballot measures in recent years that shifted redistricting authority from politicians to independent commissions in an effort to curtail creation of voting districts with boundaries that clearly favor a single...

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