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    Packing Voting Districts? Thor Hearne Discusses Supreme Court Case

    December 21, 2015

    Last term, in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s independent redistricting commission. State legislators had challenged the creation of such a commission, arguing that transferring their redistricting authority violated the Elections Clause of the US Constitution.

    Now, in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the Court will consider a challenge filed by Arent Fox LLP to state legislative districts drawn up by the commission. A group of voters,  led by partner Thor Hearne, are arguing that the commission overpopulated Republican-dominated districts by packing in non-minority voters while placing minority voters in smaller, Democrat-dominated districts. The result, they argue, is the dilution of votes in GOP districts, which violates the “one person, one vote” guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. 

    Mr. Hearne discussed his impressions of oral arguments with The Federalist Society and made predictions about how the Court might rule in this important case. To listen to the podcast, click here.