U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Pennsylvania Redistricting Ruling


The United States Supreme Court upheld Pennsylvania high court’s ruling regarding the redistricting of the state’s congressional map.

Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state’s congressional map was a result of gerrymandering to benefit Republicans. Therefore, it is a violation of the state Constitution. The state’s high court ordered the legislature to redraw the map of its 18 electoral districts.

The Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Senate and House challenged the decision of the state’s high court. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Mike Turzai filed a stay petition with the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. denied Scarnati and Turzai’s stay petition.

Pennsylvania Republican leaders to comply with court’s ruling

In a statement, Scarnati and Turzai said, “We understood when requesting the stay that this is a rarely used remedy.” They added that their request was necessary because the Pennsylvania high court’s decision to redraw the congressional map caused chaos.