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Talking Points: Supreme Court Redistricting Cases

Case Overview

UPDATED: On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a set of landmark redistricting cases with implications for the future of American democracy. The Court chose not to draw a clear line between a fair district map and one that is too partisan.

Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina was one of the three cases before the Supreme Court. Read more about the cases on our blog HERE and use the below message guidance and talking points for public messages on decision day. Read our statement on the Court's decision HERE.

The Supreme Court's decision to hear these cases together was important because the court avoided politics by demonstrating cases where both parties have been guilty of extreme partisan gerrymandering (by the republicans in North Carolina, and the democrats in Maryland).

Message Strategy

  • STAY POSITIVE! Even though the decision isn’t an all-out victory – we have positive options about which to remain hopeful.
  • DON'T ATTACK THE COURT. Do not call out specific Justices or speak too critically of the Court. We could be back here again next term, in the near future, on redistricting or other issues important to us.
  • PIVOT TO 'FOR THE PEOPLE ACT' AS A SOLUTION FOR FAIR MAPS. We do not have to rely on just one branch of government to solve partisan gerrymandering.

Decision Day Talking Points 

Depending on how the Supreme Court rules in these cases, we have four sets of possible talking points for the day-of the decision. Stay tuned to the LWV social media channels for real time analysis as our attorneys review the decisions from the Justices.

The Supreme Court cannot set a standard to rein in extreme partisan gerrymandering

  • The court has already declared partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional.
  • Today’s news only means we haven’t found the right solution to fix the problem at the federal level.  
  • Congress has the power to establish fair redistricting principles. The For the People Act, which has already passed in the House and is currently before the U.S. Senate, would create fair maps nationwide.
  • [YOUR STATE] has the power to ensure fair maps by creating a bipartisan citizen redistricting commission. (Alternatively, if your state already has one of these commissions, praise your legislature--or voters, if it was a ballot initiative--for protecting voters' voices in your state.)
  • Our democracy is a work in progress, and the League won’t back down until we have a system in place that works for everyone.