From the Athens Banner-Herald:
Emmet Bondurant, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the lower court judge was wrong when he ruled lawmakers can redraw legislative maps without a specific reason.
“They don’t argue that it was necessary,” Bondurant said Friday. “They just say the legislature can do it any time they want.”
While Democrats argue that Republican lawmakers changed district lines to give Cowsert an edge over Kidd, Republicans said they approved the changes to appease a 5-year-old request by commissioners in Madison County, who wanted their county to entirely be in one Senate district.
Bondurant said he does not expect the high court’s ruling to affect the Nov. 7 election. If they find in favor of his clients, he said, they likely would require new elections to be held in three Athens-area districts based on their old boundary lines.
I’m not a lawyer, but I’m happy to play one online. It seems to me the Legislature can redistrict anytime they want. If that’s what the lawsuit is based on, I can’t see the plaintiffs winning.
Some years ago, a Rep. in Gwinnett named Vinson Wall wanted to draw a troublesome constituent out of his district. He had the Legislature change his district to exclude that voter. The new district lines contained what looked like a finger so the headline in the next day’s paper said “Wall gives Gwinnett the finger.” Despite the uproar, the district remained until the next Census.