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U.S. Supreme Court to consider Wisconsin legislative districtsSubmitted: 06/19/2017
U.S. Supreme Court to consider Wisconsin legislative districts
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WASHINGTON - The United States Supreme Court will decide if political districts in Wisconsin give Republicans an unfair advantage.

The justices Monday said they will decide whether Republican lawmakers drew electoral districts that violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters.

The outcome could affect elections across the country.

The case will be argued in the fall.

A three-judge court struck down Wisconsin's legislative districts in November.

Those judges ordered new maps be drawn in time for the 2018 elections.

That work is proceeding.

Election law experts say the case is the best chance yet for the high court to put limits on what lawmakers can do to gain a political advantage in creating political district maps.

It's the high court's first case on what's known as partisan gerrymandering in more than a decade.

Gerrymandering is the political art of creating districts that often are oddly shaped, with the aim of benefiting one party.

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