A.G. Holder believes that we are moving towards a system of political apartheid. What leads him to such a frightening belief?
Well, conservative state legislatures have gerrymandered maps to disenfranchise voters of color. In Louisiana, a district court judge ruled that Republican maps like these likely violated the VRA and needed a second majority-Black district. The Supreme Court reinstated it, meaning that although nearly a third of the population is Black, only one of Louisiana’s six districts will be majority-black.
In fact, Republican maps are so unfair to voters of color that even Trump-appointed judges in Alabama struck down a GOP congressional map. (The Supreme Court reinstated that map for 2022 and is now considering letting it stand for the decade in Merrill v. Caster).
|For decades, people of color have been excluded and alienated by the redistricting process. If we lose this fight, state legislatures controlled by shameless Republicans will continue to create maps that exclude marginalized communities. Our right to fair and representative maps is on the line.|
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A.G. Holder has also been sounding the alarm about Moore v. Harper, the latest Republican power grab that could be their biggest yet. The case threatens our systems of checks and balances, and if the Republicans get what they want from the Court, Moore v. Harper would give state legislatures, many of which are gerrymandered and don’t accurately reflect voters, near-total power over how federal elections are conducted.
That means the days of judicial review and governors vetoing gerrymandered maps could be gone, in direct contravention of nearly a century of precedent.
It could also mean the end of voting protections as we know them, since state courts have been one of the last defenses against voter suppression laws passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures.
Conservatives will keep creating these unfair, segregated maps to help them win elections. We will continue fighting back against unfair maps, in and out of court, but we need your help. Can we count on your donation to support our cause?
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At All On The Line, we want fair and representative maps. Maps that do not value one political party over the other. Maps that do not isolate and marginalize specific communities. Maps that will lead to competitive elections -- maps that Republicans have repeatedly shown that they are against.
-- AOTL Fair Map Defenders
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