Monday’s failed gerrymandering rulings will have immediate impact on local elections

Some decisions about gerrymandering that courts have already decided upon for redistricting have already moved forward this week. On Tuesday, a federal court in Maryland ordered the state to move future presidential elections to…

Some decisions about gerrymandering that courts have already decided upon for redistricting have already moved forward this week. On Tuesday, a federal court in Maryland ordered the state to move future presidential elections to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This would shift the election day from the state’s usual mid-September date to the election day itself. The elections date change comes after the court found a district drawn in Maryland by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature with improper partisan bent. If enacted, the change would significantly impact the fortunes of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton because the state has a sizable urban base while Republican candidate Donald Trump holds a strong lead among suburban voters who are more inclined to support him. The congressional district also went to a Republican in 2012. Maryland’s governor is one of the state’s three Republicans. Even if he does not appeal the court’s decision, it is not clear if the state’s all-Democrat legislature would overturn the new seat or not. State Republicans had called the previous plan “legislative perfidy” and accused Democrats of trying to make suburban areas more conservative.

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