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January 29, 2018

Originally posted here.

NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a brief today with the Supreme Court in support of a challenge brought by Maryland Republican voters who are contesting congressional redistricting lines drawn by the majority Democrats.

This case, Benisek v. Lamone, marks the second gerrymandering case taken up this term by the Supreme Court. The first, Gill v. Whitford, involves Wisconsin Democratic voters challenging the legislative redistricting drawn by the majority Republicans. The court heard arguments in that case in October. The ACLU filed briefs in both cases supporting the challengers to partisan gerrymandering.

Theresa Lee, staff attorney with the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said:

"Gerrymandering is wrong no matter which party does it. The Supreme Court has a chance to rein in partisan manipulation of the elections process, which has blocked the will of voters in several states. Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around."

Today's brief was filed by the ACLU, ACLU of Maryland, and New York Civil Liberties Union.

The brief is at: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/benisek-v-lamone-amicus-brief

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