Oct 29, 2018

Supreme Court rejects Pennsylvania Republicans’ bid to reinstate voting map

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined Pennsylvania Republican legislators’ challenge to a court-drawn congressional map issued earlier this year, which has put several Republican-held seats in play for Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.

The details: The high court rejected their request in March to halt the new map, which was devised by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after invalidating the GOP-drawn districts in January. The state court ruled that the previous map, which gives Republicans 12 seats and Democrats five, unduly favored one party. In its latest decision, the Supreme Court did not comment on why it refused to take up the case.

Between the lines: The ruling is not surprising given the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had issued its ruling solely on the state Constitution. State supreme courts typically have the final say on matters regarding state law. Meanwhile, Republicans insisted that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overstepped its authority.

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