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Expert: Supreme Court ruling in Pennsylvania gerrymandering case no surprise

February 6, 2018

Nick Goedert
Virginia Tech's Nick Goedert is an expert on gerrymandering.

The Supreme Court’s decision Monday to allow Pennsylvania congressional redistricting to proceed was no surprise, says a Virginia Tech expert on gerrymandering.

“It would be extremely unusual for the U.S. Supreme Court to get involved in a case decided entirely on state constitutional grounds,” said Virginia Tech political science professor Nick Goedert.

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has ordered the Republican-controlled state legislature to redraw congressional districts lines by Feb. 9. The high court determined that the current 18 districts, drawn by the state’s GOP, violate its Constitution, and ordered new districts to be determined in less than a month.

The political implications are significant, including providing Democrats with an opportunity to reclaim the U.S. House of Representatives.

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To speak with Goedert, contact Michael Stowe at mstowe@vt.edu or by phone at 540-392-4218 (mobile).

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