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Gerrymandering's moment of reckoning

A hand drawing gerrymandered maps
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Gerrymandering is at a tipping point. The courts are taking a harder line than ever before, saying some states have simply gone too far as they tried to give one political party an advantage. But if the Supreme Court doesn’t join the mounting legal backlash — and soon — there may be no limits on state parties’ ability to design their own political battlegrounds.

Why it matters: The outcome of these legal battles not only has the potential to upend the 2018 midterms, but also the more fundamental tools of politics and governance. If you’re trying to preserve a majority, gerrymandering works. The question is whether it works too well.