PENNSYLVANIA

SCOTUS Declines to Halt Redistricting

A new map must be drawn and approved by Feb. 15.

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Ally Mutnick
Feb. 6, 2018, 10:10 a.m.

“The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday in a Pennsylvania gerrymandering case with national implications, denying Republican lawmakers’ attempt to delay drawing a new congressional map and increasing the likelihood that the map is redrawn in time for this year’s midterm elections. … If the Legislature doesn’t pass a new map by Friday, or if Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf doesn’t approve one by Feb. 15, the state Supreme Court said it intends to select a map on its own, with help from an outside expert.” The decision is a huge win for House Democrats, who stand to benefit from a redraw of a map gerrymandered to help Republicans.

“But the Legislature’s two highest-ranking Republicans signaled Monday that they might not be willing to give up their fight.” They “issued a joint statement saying they will attempt to comply with the state Supreme Court’s order to redraw congressional maps by Friday ‘but may be compelled to pursue further legal action in federal court.’” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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