Supreme Court Upholds New Virginia Congressional Map

Supreme Court Upholds New Virginia Congressional Map


Good news, courtesy of Progress VA:

Supreme Court Upholds New Virginia Congressional Map

The United States Supreme Court this morning unanimously upheld a court-redrawn Virginia congressional map, dismissing an appeal filed by Republican congressmen concerned about keeping their seats. The new map, drawn by a court-appointed special master, was ordered by the District Court after they found the Virginia General Assembly unconstitutionally packed voters of color into the third congressional district in an attempt to dilute their voting influence.

“Today’s decision is an affirmation that in Virginia and across the country, every eligible voter should have an equal opportunity to make his or her voice heard,” said Progress Virginia executive director Anna Scholl. ”It’s shameful and disgraceful that Republicans in the General Assembly tried to dilute the influence of black voters in the Commonwealth. These unconstitutional tricks are the latest in a long line of attempts to restrict voting.”

“While the courts have rectified Virginia’s congressional map, more has to be done to protect and expand voting rights. It’s far past time for the General Assembly to approve a nonpartisan redistricting plan that takes away politicians ability to rig their own elections. Politicians picking and choosing their own voters is the ultimate conflict of interest. We’ve seen how that plays out—communities of color and voters lose when politicians rig the game. Enough is enough.

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    McEachin Response to Supreme Court Decision on WITTMAN ET AL. v. PERSONHUBALLAH ET AL.

    Richmond –Senator A. Donald McEachin, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Virginia-04, today issued this statement about the Supreme Court decision in WITTMAN ET AL. v. PERSONHUBALLAH ET AL. . Senator McEachin said, “This is a victory for the people of Virginia who deserve to have their votes count and to have a real opportunity to choose their Representatives.

    “It is also a victory because it is ridiculous to think that a Congressman or any elected official has standing to bring a suit because he or she thinks he has a ‘right to victory.’ The right to choose their elected officials belongs to the people and that is the most critical conclusion of this case.”

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    Video: The REAL reason Republicans love racial “packing”/gerrymandering and opposed redrawn congressional districts.

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    From the Virginia House Dems:

    Statements on Supreme Court Ruling regarding Virginia’s Congressional districts

    Richmond, VA – Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) and Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) issued the following statements on the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding Virginia’s Congressional districts.

    “We welcome the Supreme Court’s final decision regarding Virginia’s congressional districts. Sadly, the House of Delegates remains gerrymandered into a Republican majority. We call on our colleagues across the aisle to embrace a non-partisan redistricting plan that would allow Virginians to pick their politicians, not for politicians to pick their constituents.” – Del. David Toscano, Leader of the House Democratic Caucus

    “This ends the discussion over the Congressional districts, but discussions over the House of Delegates districts continues. Now that Virginia has fairer Congressional districts, we need fairer districts in the House of Delegates.” – Del. Charniele Herring, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus