Kansas Supreme Court: Political factors allowed in redistricting


The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the state's new congressional districts, finding that political partisanship could be used in drawing new election boundaries and that race was not a driving force in creating the new map.

In an opinion released weeks after the decision was made, the court upheld the maps on a 4-3 vote with Justices Dan Biles, Eric Rosen and Melissa Standridge dissenting. All three were appointed by Democratic governors.

It was the first time the Kansas Supreme Court was asked to decide whether state law prohibits political gerrymandering.

The 105-page SSJ

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