Reynolds v Sims

Reynolds v Sims

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  • Hey there Ma'am, do you remember Reynolds V Sims back in '64?
  • No, what was that?
  • Well these people in Jefferson County in Alabama were upset because of the district boundaries set for their elected officials
  • They claimed the 14th amendment and the equal protection clause and said that the population sizes for each district should be roughly equal
  • Well Judge Harlan II said that the original meaning of the equal protection clause didn't apply to voting rights, but none of the other justices bought that.
  • Well what was the other side of the argument?
  • Oh yeah, that one overturned the Colegrove v Green ruling from '46!
  • That's right Ma'am
  • So the court ruled in favor of the citizens of Jefferson County and ordered population sizes must be roughly equal when redistricting the state.
  • Wow, Chief Justice Warren is a pretty cool dude.
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