“Ask the Experts”: Gerrymandering and SCOTUS with Prof. Jay Dow and Newsy’s Cliff Judy
It’s the practice of drawing voting districts that gives one person’s vote more weight than another’s. And while that sounds blatantly unfair, gerrymandering is as old as the republic itself—it was used in the very first congressional elections for a seat in Virginia.
The Supreme Court heard two cases in the past year—Gill v. Whitford out of Wisconsin and Benisek v. Lamone out of Maryland—that could create a landmark standard for partisan gerrymandering.
But is intervening in partisan districting a move that could paint the nation’s highest court as a political actor?
In Newsy’s ongoing “Ask the Experts” series Professor of Political Science and Kinder Institute faculty member Jay Dow spoke with Newsy Channel Manager Cliff Judy about this possible side effect, which could make the cure worse than the disease.