Emory Law Journal


Alex J. Whitman


For over twenty years, the political gerrymandering claim under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment has been mired in ambiguity because the Supreme Court and lower courts have failed to come up with a clear standard to determine whether a redistricting plan is unconstitutional. In 2006, however, a new phenomenon that this Comment terms ¿pinpoint redistricting¿ was used by Georgia¿s Republican-dominated state legislature to alter the boundaries of a small group of districts rather than all of the state¿s district boundaries, severely weakening the strength of Democratic voters in the affected districts. The pinpoint redistricting changed the affected districts from competitive to strongly Republican, and as a result, the redistricting party¿s candidates achieved sizable victories in the 2006 elections.