As many of you know, the US Supreme Court has several gerrymandering and redistricting cases on their docket this year. The line drawing of districts is at issue. These decisions will affect us all.
For now, here is some good news from June 17th.
SCOTUS has issued a decision in a case from Virginia. They have upheld fair districts in Virginia. [This was a suit supported by President Obama and Eric Holder with the National Redistricting Foundation).
11 racially-gerrymandered districts thrown out by the lower court as unfair are now defeated. The Supreme Court has ensured that the new, fair districts are settled. I say ‘settled” because the new districts have actually already been used in the state’s primary elections this month.
Democrats have accused Republican line-drawers of manipulating old districts to pack African-American voters together and diminish their overall voting power. [This is an action known as ‘packing.’ – kind of the opposite of an action known as “cracking”.] Now the Supreme Court has left in place the decision of the lower court which struck down the maps as being in violation of such ‘packing.’
It may be a small step, but it is a big win for those interested in defeating the problems of gerrymandering FROM BOTH PARTIES. It ensures that votes will count more equally. While this case is only from VA, the precedence is one that is helpful to ALL our states, to make voting more fair. Let’s hope the decisions to follow are equally as positive.
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