Byline: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
Constitutional Law -- equal protection -- redistricting
A deviation of 8.7 percent in aldermanic district size is insufficient to violate the Equal Protection Clause.
"The Equal Protection Clause principle of 'one person, one vote' requires that officials be elected from voting districts with substantially equal populations. Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533, 577 (1964). Thus, 'one man's vote in a(n] ... election is to be worth as much as another's.' Wesberry v. Sanders, 376 U.S. 1, 8 (1964). To achieve this result, the government must 'make an honest and good-faith effort to construct its districts as nearly of equal population as is practicable,' but mathematical precision is not required. Gaffney v...