I am reprinting with permission this message to the election law listserv from Nate Persily, and I hope that Nate will post more on this topic as the Supreme Court considers the Texas cases:
I have placed my article on court-drawn redistricting plans – “When Judges Carve Democracies: A Primer on Court-Drawn Redistricting Plans,” 73 GW L Rev 1131 (2005), at the following link:I wish the Court could have considered the issues underlying court-drawn plans outside the context of an emergency situation like this. But with luck (perhaps a lot of it), we might get some clarity for the rules that will govern the many court-drawn plans that will need to be created for the deadlocked states currently unable to adopt redistricting plans.
Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and
Columbia Law School
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