>> In a move that could have a huge bearing on the future of American politics, the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up an explosive case. On whether the tactic of carving up electoral districts to favor one party over another, known as gerrymandering, violates the Constitution. Lawrence Hurley is on the story.
>> Increasingly states are taking quite extreme measures when they redraw their maps. Both Democrats and Republicans, when they control the legislature in their state and also have the governorship, they can go to extreme lengths to pass maps that will ensure that their own candidates have a better chance of winning.
So if the court was to rule that these maps were unconstitutional it would set a new precedent that would apply across the country.>> The practice is widespread around the country, but the case before the court zeroes in on whether lawmakers in Wisconsin's republican-led legislature went too far in 2011 when they redrew the state's electoral map to make it harder for democrats to win legislative races.
>> A low court ruled that the maps were unconstitutional. And so that is being appealed to the Supreme Court by the state, which is, and the court has now agreed to hear it.>> Gerrymandering has been controversial in U.S. politics for decades. The Supreme Court has ruled against the practice in the past when it hurt minority voters but never because it gave one party an unfair edge.
>> The ramifications are huge in this case if the court rules that this map was unconstitutional. Because that would put limits on what states can do when they have one party controlling all the tools of government.>> With Democrats looking to rebound from catastrophic losses at the state level, a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court could be a game changer.
The case sure to be one of the biggest the Court will take up when it begins a new term in October.