June 28, 2022

Kansas court ruling ends redistricting, opens doorway for gerrymandering

As defenders and critics of the state’s freshly authored congressional map prepared to go in advance of the Kansas Supreme Court earlier this month, Democrats and their allies thought they had each explanation to be self-confident.

State courts had been applied in other places in the region as a bulwark in opposition to objectionable maps for the two events. Why would Kansas, with a the greater part of justices appointed by Democratic governors, be any unique?

Republicans, acknowledging the sensible possibility they would have to go back to the drawing board, even retained the Kansas Legislature in session so they could rapidly produce new maps before the candidate submitting deadline.

They needn’t have anxious.

When the dust settled and the Kansas Supreme Court docket upheld the maps, it intended not just a blow to Democrats’ political hopes in 2022 but a big assertion for exactly where the redistricting process could head in the yrs to arrive.