WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Friday blocked lower court rulings that had ordered Republican lawmakers in Michigan and Ohio to redraw US Congress Cards prior to the 2020 elections after finding out that current districts were designed to illegally reduce the power of democratic voters.
The judges gave requests from Republican legislators in both states to remain these decisions. The lower courts found that the electoral charts had been drawn to anchor the majority in power, a practice known as partisan gerrymandering, contrary to the US constitution.
Although both disputes involve the US Secretariat's districts in the two states, the Michigan case also challenges districts in the state legislature.
Decisions in Michigan and Ohio, held by the judges, were recent federal court rulings stating that electoral charts formed by a state's majority party were unconstitutionally undermining the rights of voters who tend to support the other. party.
Two other gerrymandering challenges are already in the Supreme Court, with decisions in late June. In one case, Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are accused of rigging congressional cards to increase their party's chances in that state. In the second case, democratic legislators in Maryland face similar allegations over a U.S. House district.
Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham