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Leading Organizations Ask the U.S. Supreme Court to Provide Fairer, More Competitive Elections

In the 2003-2004 term, the U.S. Supreme Court is deliberating on Veith v. Jubelirer, a case involving congressional redistricting in Pennsylvania. On August 28, 2003, several leading pro-democracy organizations filed "friend of the court" amicus briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike-down current redistricting practices that have led to extreme partisan gerrymandering and a remarkable rise in noncompetitive congressional elections. Other briefs were filed in response, including a brief of amici curiae leadership of the Alabama Senate and House of Representatives in support of the appellees. The case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on December 10, 2003. (We have made a pdf file of the oral argument.)

These are among the most important briefs in support of the appellants, along with the appellants' brief.

Amicus Brief  from the Center for Voting and Democracy, Public Citizen, Democracy 21 and Common Cause -- Focused on problem of bipartisan gerrymandering to create safe seats.

Amicus Brief from the DKT Liberty Project -- Focused on the potential of full representation voting methods.

Amicus Brief from Reform Institute -- Focused on promoting more competitive elections.

Amicus Brief from Brennan Center and ACLU -- Focused on the importance of cracking down on abusive partisan gerrymanders.

Amicus of the Center for Research into Governmental Processes, Inc., as Amicus Curiaw in Support of Appellants -- Focused on the case for government impartiality in redistricting.

Brief for Appellants -- Calls for the courts to reject the current Pennsylvania congressional redistricting plan as a partisan gerrymander.

Below is an important amicus brief in support of the appellees:

Amicus Brief from the Alabama Senate and House Leadership -- Focused on threats to representation of the interests of people of color by proposed partisan gerrymander standars.

For additional amicus briefs and documents, see Jenner and Block's webpage


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