SCOTUS 2018 pp 25-37 | Cite as

Gill v. Whitford on Partisan Gerrymandering

  • Alex Keena
  • Michael Latner
  • Anthony J. McGann
  • Charles Anthony Smith


Challenges to gerrymandering by state legislatures raise questions of whether the Constitution mandates equal representation of all voters, or whether partisan sorting into geographic enclaves is a reality the Constitution does not prohibit, even when it results in unequal representation. Extreme partisan gerrymandering seems to contradict the concept of “one person one vote,” but the greater controversy is about how the Court can know if representation is unequal enough to trigger a constitutional violation. Do we have a measurable standard or is this a political question the Court cannot decide on a reasonable basis? Gill v. Whitford illustrates the deep divisions on the Court over trust in social science expertise and the ability of the Court to engage in the debate over gerrymandering.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Keena
    • 1
  • Michael Latner
    • 2
  • Anthony J. McGann
    • 3
  • Charles Anthony Smith
    • 4
  1. 1.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  2. 2.California Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA
  3. 3.University of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland, UK
  4. 4.University of California IrvineIrvineUSA

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