For Immediate Release
June 27, 2019
EMILYs List Statement on the Supreme Court Decision to Allow Partisan Gerrymandering to Continue
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled against challengers to partisan gerrymandering — the practice of one party redrawing electoral districts to their benefit — saying that the Constitution does not bar the practice. In response, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Today's Supreme Court decision was a blow to democracy and to voters everywhere. As Justice Elena Kagan noted in her dissent, 'The partisan gerrymanders in these cases deprived citizens of the most fundamental of their constitutional rights: the rights to participate equally in the political process, to join with others to advance political beliefs, and to choose their political representatives.' It's clear that the court will not protect voters' rights to fair maps, so we will double down on our efforts to take back state legislatures and ensure that Republicans cannot continue to draw partisan lines to protect their party over the rights of voters.”
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