Butterfield Responds to Today’s Supreme Court Rulings on Political Gerrymandering Cases
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s decisions in Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone, which address political gerrymandering in Wisconsin and Maryland, respectively:
“I am disappointed that the Supreme Court today decided to put off a decision on the question of political gerrymandering. The Court had an opportunity to issue a landmark decision that would make it clear what constitutes unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering and how to place limits on the practice. Instead, the Court decided to side-step the issue by sending the cases back to the lower courts, citing procedural grounds.
“The issue of the constitutionality of extreme partisan gerrymandering is still very much alive, and I remain hopeful the Justices will resolve the issue once and for all in North Carolina’s pending case before the Court, Rucho v. Common Cause, which is now ripe for consideration by the Court. Rucho v. Common Cause does not have an issue involving standing and is ready for a decision by the Court.
“Voters in North Carolina and across the country deserve to have a voice in the political process, and, as we have seen, extreme partisan gerrymandering puts that in danger.”