Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds 'One Person, One Vote' Districting
The Supreme Court ruled against the proposed "one voter, one vote" method of drawing up state legislative districts.By Katie Link | April 4, 2016
On Monday, all eight members of the Supreme Court agreed legislative districts in each state should continue to be based on population rather than the number of eligible voters.
The case, Evenwel v. Abbott, challenged the constitutionality of a legislative practice, which has been in place since the '60s. It's called "one person, one vote," and it simply means voting districts are drawn up based on the total number of people in them.
But this system leaves some districts with a higher percentage of noneligible voters — namely felons, noncitizens and children. The challengers argued the system devalues the votes of people who live in areas with a higher population of eligible voters.