Annisa Karim, chair of the Collier County Democratic Party, deplored the U.S. Supreme Court’s failure Thursday to stop unfair gerrymandering that jeopardizes free and fair elections in this country.
In a 5-4 decision, the court’s conservative majority ruled that “partisan redistricting is a political question, not reviewable by federal courts.”
In so doing, the court ignored hard evidence that Republicans in North Carolina purposefully drew district lines to ensure a Republican majority.
“As voters, we’re told that our elections are safe from meddling and that we have free and fair elections, yet today, the Supreme Court turned its back on good government with its non-decision on gerrymandering,” Karim said.
“Now it is up to us, the voters, to fix this problem. It starts with working hard to elect responsible, fair-minded legislators willing to put the public good over partisan politics,” she continued.
“This is another reason why the 2020 election is so important–we will not only be electing a president, but a state Legislature that will control how Florida votes for the decade to come.”
Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the Supreme Court’s four liberals, noted in an impassioned dissent:
“Of all times to abandon the court’s duty to declare the law, this was not the one. The practices challenged in these cases imperil our system of government. Part of the court’s role in that system is to defend its foundations. None is more important than free and fair elections. With respect but deep sadness, I dissent.”
More on the Supreme Court decision HERE.