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Can gerrymandering be done in a way that makes it unconstitutional? Are

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Can gerrymandering be done in a way that makes it unconstitutional?

Are there federal guidelines or laws that regulate gerrymandering or is oversight at the individual state level?

Thanks!

Don

Gerrymandering, which I will presume you mean based on partisan issues, not racial has not been declared unconstitutional per se. Here is an excellent summary of the current issue: http://www.propublica.org/article/is-partisan-gerrymandering-unconstitutional The answer to your basic question is "Yes". Gerrymandering could be done in such a way to make it unconstitutional; however, the US Supreme Court has not taken the cases on in which clear guidelines or standards are set out. Here is a detailed summary of cases dealing with the history and cases on the subject. http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/departments/scr/redist/red2000/ch5parti.htm

 

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