Baker vs. Carr

Baker vs. Carr
• “from choosing any electoral legislative
structure it thinks best suited to the
interests, temper, and customs of its
• If a State chose to “distribute electoral
strength among geographical units, rather
than according to a census of population,”
• He wrote, that choice “is…a rational
decision of policy…entitled to equal
respect from this Court.”
Main Idea
• Mayor Baker of Nashville Tennessee
argued that Urban areas, that have grown
in size since 1901 were underrepresented.
Baker said that the people of urban areas
were denied to vote. This of course is
guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.
Point of View/ Bias
• The government at the time still abided to
the population of urban areas from 1901.
Inferences/Outside Information
• Because of this court case the Court
formulated the famous “one-person, onevote” standard.