January 16, 2018/Media, Press

UPDATE: Texas Democrats on Supreme Court Decision

UPDATE: January 16, 2018 at 9:58AM

Austin, TX — This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States dismissed the Texas Democratic Party’s partisan gerrymander claim based on jurisdictional concerns. There will likely be additional opportunities to pursue the Texas claim following the Supreme Court’s review of recent partisan gerrymander cases in other states.

Last Friday, the Supreme Court decided to take up Perez V. Abbott, the racial gerrymander case in which Texas Republicans violated the voting rights of Texas’ diverse population in the drawing of state legislative and congressional maps.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“For years, Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and Ken Paxton violated the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. Texas Republicans rigged election maps to silence Democrats and Texans of color from having a voice in their own government.

“Today, the Supreme Court ruled that it does not presently have jurisdiction to hear a partisan gerrymander claim under the unique posture of this complex case. Nonetheless, we anticipate an upcoming opportunity to continue our pursuit of justice for Texas voters.

“The Texas Democratic Party will always stand by the rights of Texas voters and will proceed with its partisan gerrymander claim at the next opportunity.”

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Austin, TX– Today, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to take up Perez V. Abbott. The case stems from Texas Republicans violating the Voting Rights Act over the past decade in the drawing of state legislative and congressional maps.

The Supreme Court has not announced action on the Texas Democratic Party’s partisan gerrymander claim.

Read the full overview of the case via the Brennan Center

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Today’s news again shines light on Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans’ pattern of discriminating against Texans of color.

“They didn’t just cheat to get an edge in a silly game, they silenced the voices minorities at the ballot box. We will again be before the Supreme Court to examine Texas Republicans’ stacking of the deck through systemic discrimination against people of color.”

“This is a welcome development on the eve of MLK weekend, when we should all reflect on how discrimination continues to exist.”

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