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Supreme Court punts two partisan gerrymandering cases

Demonstrators gather outside of The United States Supreme Court during an oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford last October.
Demonstrators gather outside of the Supreme Court during an oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford last October. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped what could have been a landmark challenge to purely partisan gerrymandering in two cases, citing procedural faults with challenges brought by Democrats in Wisconsin and Republicans in Maryland.

Why it matters: Both decisions are a setback for critics seeking constitutional limits on partisan gerrymandering, in which legislatures controlled by one party draws electoral maps in favor of its candidates in an attempt to preserve a political advantage. The high court has never struck down a voting map as a partisan gerrymander — and that question will still have to wait for another day.