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Washington, DC — In response to the Supreme Court’s decisions on Thursday that federal courts cannot rule on partisan gerrymandering, and to block the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:
“The Supreme Court’s ruling on partisan redistricting keeps the door open to allowing congressional district maps that further prioritize and favor those in power. As long as this practice continues, voters – especially the unmarried women, people of color and young people who make up the Rising American Electorate — will continue to lose ground and not have their voices heard. Voters should choose who represents them, not the other way around.
“Meanwhile, the decision to deny the Trump Administration the right to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census is a sigh of relief in our progress toward a more reflective democracy. Inaccurate census data would have resulted in district maps that further disadvantaged the Rising American Electorate through unfair redistricting. It also would have negatively impacted many eligible citizens’ participation in our civic process – especially those who reside in mixed-status households and are already underrepresented and difficult to register to vote. This ruling avoided a catastrophe to our democracy, and we’re glad this shameful effort to disenfranchise key voting blocs was not successful.
“These cases represent attempts by politicians to dilute the power of the underrepresented and disadvantaged majority in this country. We must continue to work to encourage civic participation, particularly within impacted communities, and not use fear or bully tactics to prevent anyone from being fairly represented.”