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Dems Counting on SCOTUS to Balance Redistricting Before 2020

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By    |   Tuesday, 03 October 2017 11:02 AM

Democrats have put their faith in the Supreme Court of the United States to put an end to their battle with Republicans over redistricting, which in 2010 led to the GOP taking a decisive hold on the House of Representatives and many state legislatures, CNN reports.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a case, Gill v. Whitford, from Wisconsin Democrats, who argue that the district maps in their state were unconstitutionally drawn favoring the GOP. Democrats are hopeful that the court will institute guidelines that would prevent partisanship in the redistricting process.

"Republicans have worked for years to rig the system with partisan gerrymandering and restrictive voting laws designed to keep African Americans, Latinos, and young people away on Election Day," Tom Perez, Democratic National Committee Chairman, told CNN.

"Democrats believe that voters should get to choose their representatives, not the other way around," he added in a statement. "We believe that America is stronger when more people, not fewer, participate on Election Day. And as Republicans try to silence people's voices and limit one of our most fundamental rights, Democrats will continue fighting for the equal voice every voter deserves."

Currently, 31 of 98 partisan state legislative chambers are held by Democrats. Were the Supreme Court to set guidelines, it'd place "10 to 12 more chambers in immediate play," according to Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee executive director Jessica Post.

"We still have a shot on the current map, but if we have fair maps, we could see real progress," Post added.

"As Democrats and grassroots activists refocus their efforts on state and local elections, one thing is abundantly clear: if we want to fix our broken political system, we need to start by fixing the way we draw electoral maps. That fight starts now," former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, now the head of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, told CNN.

Holder's organization is expected to file a lawsuit on Tuesday on behalf of Georgia residents over 2015 redistricting that helped Republican incumbents maintain their holds in the Atlanta suburbs.

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Democrats have put their faith in the Supreme Court of the United States to put an end to their battle with Republicans over redistricting, which in 2010 led to the GOP taking a decisive hold on the House of Representatives and many state legislatures, CNN reports.
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