Kansas’ story shows the flaws of Supreme Court’s recent decision

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Opinion

July 2, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision that it would rather not interfere with how states draw maps that determine the voting districts for legislative, Congressional and state board of education elections.  

This is an affair that occurs after each decade’s U.S. Census. In Kansas, legislators are to redraw the political maps by the second year after the Census, ideally taking the ebbs and flows of our state’s population into account to assign proportional representation. In 2012, Kansas legislators could not agree as to how districts should be divided, and the state’s map was ultimately drawn by a panel of three judges from the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

By evidence that no one was happy with that end result, the 2012 map is probably the fairest one could hope for.

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