Supreme Court throws out Wisconsin electoral map manipulation case

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen after the court revived Ohio's contentious policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls, overturning a lower court ruling that Ohio's policy violated the National Voter Registration Act, in Washington, U.S., June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Erin Schaff

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to Wisconsin Republicans who drew state electoral districts that helped entrench their party in power, but sidestepped a major ruling on whether parties have carte blanche to engage in the practice called partisan gerrymandering.

The justices threw out a lower court ruling that state legislative districts drawn by Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature deprived Democratic voters of their constitutional rights including equal protection under the law.

The Supreme Court found that the Democratic voters who sued to block the Republican-drawn electoral map lacked legal standing to bring the case because they challenged it on a statewide basis rather than focusing on individual legislative districts.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)

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