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Racial Discrimination in Texas Gerrymandering is Politics At Its Worst

April 24, 2018
Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today in the Texas redistricting case Abbott v. Perez:

“Our democracy works best when everyone is able to vote under the principle of ‘one person, one vote.’ In Texas, politicians targeted Latino voters and diluted their political power by racially discriminating against voters and gerrymandering them into unconstitutional districts.

“This extreme partisan gerrymandering is politics at its worst – an abuse of power by changing the rules so one party wins, and voters lose. Politicians should spend more time making it easier for eligible people to vote and have their voices heard, and less time rigging the system by racially targeting voters.”

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