Elections

Supreme Court Sides With Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

The United States Supreme Court has sided with Arizona's independent board for drawing legislative districts and against the Republicans who challenged the commission's legitimacy.

Ironically, the Republican plaintiffs essentially argued that smaller districts have too much power.

A unanimous Supreme Court says an Arizona commission did not violate the principle of one-person, one-vote when it redrew the state's legislative districts in a way that created some with more residents than others.

The justices on Wednesday rejected a challenge from a group of Republican voters who claimed the state's Independent Redistricting Commission illegally packed GOP voters into some districts while leaving other Democratic-leaning districts with smaller populations.

Not coincidentally, the smaller districts are home to large numbers of Hispanic voters.

Why is this ironic? Because the shoe is on the other foot. In most cases, commissions controlled by the local GOP create districts drawn along lines of race and class that ultimately benefit Republicans. Republicans are accustomed to disenfranchising poor and minority voters by artificially reducing the amount of influence their district holds.

In this particular case, the average difference in population between the new districts created by the independent commission is only 2.2 percent according to the Associated Press. The plaintiffs filed a lawsuit over spilled milk because they're used to getting their way.

Gerrymandering is on a bit of a losing streak having lost high-profile cases in Florida, North Carolina, and Arizona.