High Court to Decide Whether Legislators Must Draw District Lines

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to dissect an obscure constitutional provision that could prohibit independent commissions from drawing district lines for congressional elections and reassign the task to partisan state legislatures — not just in Arizona, where the case originated, but in California as well.

A broad ruling in favor of the Arizona Legislature, which challenged the redistricting commission created by state voters in 2000, also could overturn other voter-approved state laws that govern federal elections, such as California’s “top two” initiative that established open primary elections followed by runoffs between the two leading vote-getters, regardless of party.

The case is more about power than partisanship. Lining up behind Arizona’s Republican-controlled legislature is the National Conference of State Legislatures, which includes California’s Democratic-dominated state house.

On the other side, along with the Obama administration …

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