Kansas Judge Strikes Down Racist US House Map

The Kansas News Service reports:

A Wyandotte County judge struck down the state’s new congressional map, clearing the way for the Kansas Supreme Court to weigh in on how far politicians can go in gerrymandering political boundaries.

District Court Judge Bill Klapper ruled the map — drawn by the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature — violates the rights of residents in Lawrence and Wyandotte County by watering down the influence of Black voting blocs to serve partisan ambitions.

He said a gerrymandered map violates provisions in the state constitution related to free speech, voting and equal protection rights.

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