LWV Optimistic As Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Extreme Gerrymandering Case
League set agenda for the next biennium and elected unanimously Chris Carson of Burbank, California as the organization's 19th national president.
“This is an 8-0 decision that reinforces basic constitutional principles and previous holdings by the Supreme Court. This is a big win," said President MacNamara.
"The League is pleased to have the power of the presidency behind reforms that lower barriers to voters and help us work toward a more perfect democracy," said President MacNamara.
“The Arizona legislature argued that only they can conduct federal redistricting under the U.S. Constitution. Today, the Court rejected that argument, reasoning that the initiative power of the people of Arizona was a valid exercise of legislative power,” said President MacNamara.
“This decision gives us a new tool to fight partisan gerrymandering,” said President MacNamara.
"Today was an important step; the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on voting rights and discrimination. The end result of that discussion: we must pass the VRAA and quickly," said Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters.
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Statement from League of Women Voters of the U.S. and League of Women Voters of TexasWashington, DC – “The League is disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to block the San Antonio federal court’s maps, and urges the federal court to ensure that any new redistricting plans provide the fair representation that Texans deserve,” said LWVUS president Elisabeth MacNamara. “We are, however, encouraged that the Supreme Court decision avoids the worst possible outcome—implementation of the state legislature’s original, discriminatory redistricting plans, which clearly violate both sections 2 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act.”