Supreme Court Weighs Blocking State Courts From Reviewing Congressional District Maps

Supreme Court Weighs Blocking State Courts From Reviewing Congressional District Maps

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered stripping state courts of the power to review partisan gerrymanders of congressional districts, examining the argument that the Constitution gives state legislatures an authority to draw maps that only Congress itself can challenge. The case came from North Carolina, where the state Supreme Court applied free-elections and equal-protection provisions of the state constitution to invalidate a congressional map the Republican-controlled legislature drew in the expectation of producing GOP victories in 10 of the state’s 14 districts.