On September 25, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ten-page opinion in Tennant v Jefferson County Commission, 11-1184, a congressional redistricting case from West Virginia. The Court ruled that population deviations between U.S. House districts of up to eight-tenths of 1% are constitutionally permissible, if the plan has certain practical advantages, such as not splitting counties and making the fewest changes to the old map.
The Court had already stayed the opinion of the 3-judge U.S. District Court that had invalidated the districts that had the .8% population deviation, so the decision is no surprise. The Court wrote the opinion without holding an oral argument in the matter. The Court hasn’t reconvened yet from its summer recess, but did issue this one opinion before convening. Also on September 25, the Court accepted six cert petitions, but none of them are election law cases or high-profile cases on such topics as same-sex marriage. Two of the cert petitions were filed by pro se litigants; see this story. “Pro se” means the individual who filed the case is not an attorney and is representing himself. Thanks to How Appealing for the link.