US Supreme Court Takes Up Partisan Gerrymandering

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The U.S. Supreme Court Building is seen in this March 31, 2012 photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  (Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday is considering a case that could affect how voting districts are drawn across the country. The court is hearing oral arguments in a case from Wisconsin about whether the way Republicans drew that state's political district lines, known as gerrymandering, was so extreme and partisan that it violated the constitution. The case brings into question how one measures partisan gerrymandering and when it crosses into a level of unconstitutionality. This is a special broadcast of Forum from NPR headquarters in Washington D.C.

Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent, The National Law Journal; author, "The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution"
Eric McGhee, policy fellow, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC); author, "Open Primaries"
Jeanne Raya, commissioner, California Citizens redistricting Commission