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Supreme Court heard landmark Texas redistricting case




Activists hold signs during a news conference in front of the Supreme Court.
Activists hold signs during a news conference in front of the Supreme Court.
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The Supreme Court today heard a case that many legal observers say could have a huge impact on the country’s democratic process.

The case, Evenwel v. Abbott, is asking the High Court to reconsider how congressional districts should be drawn. The plaintiffs want district boundaries determined by the number of eligible voters, as opposed to the number of people in a given area.

They argue that by including all people -- even those who are not qualified to vote like ex-felons, children, and immigrants -- urban districts are unfairly given a bigger say in elections.

Guests:

Michael Li, counsel for the Democracy Program for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. His work focuses on redistricting, voting rights, and elections

Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute who wrote an amicus brief in support of the appellants in the case