Michael C. Li & Thomas P. Wolf

Michael C. Li serves as senior counsel for the Brennan Center's Democracy Program, where his work focuses on redistricting, voting rights, and elections. Thomas P. Wolf is counsel with the Democracy Program, focusing on redistricting issues.

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Supreme Court Has Historic Chance to End Extreme Gerrymandering

The Supreme Court, which has decided to hear a landmark case on whether Wisconsin electoral maps were unconstitutionally drawn, could deliver a major blow to ultra-partisan redistricting.

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(AP Photo/Eric Gay) Texas State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa looks at maps prior to a redistricting committee hearing in Austin on May 30, 2013. A mericans are fed up with gerrymandering. The most recent Harris poll shows that 74 percent of Republicans, 73 percent of Democrats, and 71 percent of independents believe that politicians shouldn’t have a hand in drawing lines that benefit them. Despite public opposition across the political spectrum, politicians have taken a stronger and stronger hand in line-drawing, resulting in gerrymandered maps that are more and more extreme. The problems continue to mount: A combination of “Big Data,” single-party control of state governments, and polarized politics have allowed paid political operatives to craft increasingly surgical gerrymanders far more potent than their precursors, locking in lopsided maps that are deeply unrepresentative of the electorate. The good news is that the Supreme Court has the chance to take a major bite out of extreme...