Derek Muller Quoted in "The Fight Over Partisan Gerrymandering is Moving Beyond the Supreme Court" -- FiveThirtyEight
March 28, 2019 | Professor Derek T. Muller is quoted in the FiveThirtyEight article, "The Fight Over Partisan Gerrymandering
is Moving Beyond the Supreme Court." The article considers two cases in front of the
Supreme Court, one case from North Carolina and one case from last term from Maryland,
that could change the way electoral maps are drawn. Electoral maps have also been
challenged in state courts.
Excerpt from "The Fight Over Partisan Gerrymandering is Moving Beyond the Supreme Court"
But going through the state courts won't necessarily solve the problem the Supreme Court has struggled with for decades — identifying when a partisan gerrymander has gone too far. "I don't see why this will be easier for a state court to deal with," said Derek Muller, a law professor and election law expert at Pepperdine University. He acknowledged that state courts might be more willing to weigh in because the judges who sit on them are often elected, rather than appointed, but said that might not be a good thing: "In a sense, you're just fighting partisanship with partisanship."
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