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SCOTUS decision effectively ends Michigan gerrymandering lawsuit

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A U-S Supreme Court decision has effectively ended a lawsuit in Michigan that could have resulted in new political district lines for the 20-20 election.

A lower federal court had found that Michigan’s lines were unfairly drawn to benefit Republicans.

The U-S Supreme Court decided a case from other states – but it also impacts Michigan. The majority of the justices said that these types of gerrymandering issues are political questions - and that’s beyond the scope of what federal courts can decide.

As a result, Michigan’s lawsuit is dead.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a real abdication of its role historically to protect citizens’ voices in our democracy.”


Attorney Charlie Spies represented Republicans in the Michigan lawsuit. He says they’re happy with the decision.