Chicago Lawyers Chapter
The census is complete. States will shortly begin drawing their political maps. Hear from a panel of redistricting experts.
The House of Representatives recently passed H.R.1, providing for (among other things) independent redistricting commissions to establish all congressional redistricting plans. What can we expect going forward? In 2017, the Supreme Court, in Gill v. Whitford, alluded to the nonjusticiability of partisan gerrymandering cases, meaning that courts are not able to decide these disputes. Two years later, in Rucho v. Common Cause, the Court put the proverbial nail in the coffin, outright deciding that these claims are nonjusticiable in federal court. Is this the last word to partisan gerrymandering cases in federal courts? If so, how do voters resolve partisan maps? Can we expect legislatures to draw maps without political considerations? Are political considerations wrong and if so, are any amount of political considerations permissible? Are there remedies to partisan electoral maps in state courts? In the wake of Gill and Rucho, some states have created so-called “independent commissions” to draw political districts. Are these commissions better suited to draw political maps than state legislatures? What are the various practical consequences of leaving mapmaking to independent commissions, legislatures, or some other entity?
- Professor Michael S. Kang (Moderator), William G. and Virginia K. Karnes Research Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
- Congressman Bob Dold, former Republican U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 10th congressional district from 2011 to 2013 and again from 2015 to 2017
- Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
- Misha Tseytlin, Partner, Troutman Pepper
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