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Series: 5 on 45 Podcast
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Will partisan gerrymandering survive the Supreme Court?

Russell Wheeler, visiting fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the recent Pennsylvania gerrymandering decision that requires Pennsylvania lawmakers to redraw the state’s congressional map. Wheeler also examines upcoming Supreme Court cases focused on gerrymandering in Wisconsin and Maryland and analyzes what these decisions could mean for the future of American elections. Wheeler argues that partisan gerrymandering is a threat to American democracy.

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