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US gerrymandering and representation - in the hands of the Supreme Court

Ruth Tarrant

14th December 2015

An important but little-reported case is being deliberated by the US Supreme Court at the moment. Back in 1964, the Supreme Court ruled in the Reynolds v Sims case that the principle of "one person one vote" must mean that the electoral districts in states must be roughly equal in terms of population size, in accordance with the 14th Amendment equal protection clause. However, their ruling was unclear on whether "people" meant everyone or those eligible to vote. On December 8th, the Supreme Court heard the arguments on the issue, brought by two Texas residents - it matters because their ruling on Evenwel v Abbott (expected in Spring 2016) will determine the size and shape of electoral districts.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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