Success: Court Strikes Down Partisan Power Grabs

Target: Josh Stein, Attorney General of North Carolina

Goal: Support fair redistricting maps that give more power to voters rather than political parties.

A Black woman in Tennessee is sentenced to six years of prison for casting an illegal ballot. This sentence results despite the state’s admission that it made a clerical error enabling her to vote and despite the notoriously lax “punishments” handed down to white citizens and even public officials who have admitted to intentional voter fraud. In many states, research has revealed that mail-in ballots of Black voters are discarded and rejected at a rate up to four times higher than white voters. Over one-third of state legislatures are attempting to pass laws making it harder for minorities to vote. This ForceChange petition brought attention to the damage of such inequities and called for fairness.

Perhaps the most insidious and destructive voter suppression takes place when ruling parties get the opportunity to redraw Congressional maps. The resulting gerrymandering reduces voters to puzzle pieces that politicians use to hold onto power as they craft their own puzzles. At least one state will now get a more equitable playing field, setting a hopeful precedent for future cases.

North Carolina state leaders recently faced a raft of lawsuits claiming their drawing of the state’s 14 Congressional maps gave the majority Republican party an extreme advantage in elections and virtually eliminated competition before it could even begin. Redrawing maps is often done to stack districts with prospective voters of the party in charge. Minority-heavy districts often face the most intensive redesign efforts. Due to these unchecked powers exercised by both parties, only a mere ten percent of Congressional districts in the entire country are even still considered competitive.

The North Carolina case went to the state ‘s Supreme Court, which sided with the plaintiffs alleging gerrymandering. The Court ruled the state’s current maps violated the Constitution and deprived voters of the right to free and fair elections. They also ordered new maps to be drawn and clear evidence that these new maps demonstrate “a significant likelihood that the districting plan will give the voters of all political parties substantially equal opportunity to translate votes into seats.”

Similar rulings in Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Ohio show promise that states are finally heeding the advice of the U.S. Supreme Court to curtail partisan gerrymandering. Sign the petition below to thank the legal counsel responsible for helping ensure equality for all voters.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Stein,

Gerrymandering is taking a decisively destructive toll on democracy. The troubling findings that only ten percent of districts nationwide are now competitive speaks to an increasingly partisan divide but also to the destructive results of putting voters’ fortunes largely in the control of hyper-partisans Since the U.S. Supreme Court has taken a hands-off approach to gerrymandering, states must take decisive action.

Thank you for arguing for voter equality and against the nation’s most widespread form of voter disenfranchisement before the North Carolina Supreme Court. Your successful appeal will help restore and protect the voices of all voters in the state and forge a path forward for all American voters.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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20 Comments

  1. tamara beinlich says:

    I wonder will the 5 republicans at The Villages in Florida get 6 years for voting once in Florida and once by absentee ballot in another state get 6 years? Probably not because all 5 are white!

    • OH YOU ARE REFERRING TO THE DEMOCORRUPTS WHO SAID THAT THEY WILL VOTE (2020) IN THEIR STATE AND THEN MOVE TO ANOTHER TO VOTE, THAT THERE IS ILLEGAL. OR YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE COUPLE WHO VOTED IN CALIFORNIA AND THEN VOTED IN TEXAS, THE GUY USED HIS MOTHER’S ADDRESS AND THE WOMAN USED HER GRANDMOTHER’S ADDRESS-THAT IS VOTER FRAUD, YOU ARE A RACIST- TYPICAL OF DEMOCORRUPTS. YOUR POST CAN’T BE VERIFIED BUT MINE CAN IF YOU WANT TO GOOGLE IT. YA’LL STOP PLAYING THE VICTIM AND RACE CARD PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH YA’LL’S BULLSHIT!

      • Evan Jane Kriss says:

        Voter suppression efforts are being led by Republicans. Democrats don’t do this, nor do they have to in order to win elections. Read the news – reliable news. No one moves to another state to vote again, nor is this legal.

      • Lance Kammerud says:

        Eva!!! U really cant be that ignorant or maybe just a fool!! Republicans all over this country are enacting voter suppression laws, rigging voting districts and gerrymandering. Republicans ten years ago here in Wisconsin when Scott Walker was governor gerrymandered our voting districts for ten years. Now under Governor Evers(Democrat) we are fighting for fairer maps that aren’t rigged for one particular partys advantage.

      • Oh look! Qtard racist pos is back. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣Keep crying tRumptard.

  2. STOP IT WITH THE RACE CARD THIS IS NOT THE 1960’S YOU ARE LYING TO THE PEOPLE, VOTER SUPPRESSION NOWADAYS IS A MYTH DEMOCORRUPTS JUST WANT ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO STEAL ANOTHER ELECTION. AS LONG AS I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO VOTE I HAVE NEVER, EVER HEARD OF ANYONE WHO QUALIFIES BEING TOLD THAT THEY CAN’T VOTE THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES THAT I DIDN’T VOTE BUT THAT WAS BECAUSE I CHOSE NOT TO YOU PEOPLE ARE DIVIDING THIS COUNTRY EVEN MORE, JUST STOP IT!!!

    • Evan Jane Kriss says:

      Partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression is real, and a threat to our democracy, Eva. Read about it before you go off like that.

    • Lance Kammerud says:

      Ok Eva u really are a moron. Republicans all over this country along with states with Republican majority are enacting voter suppression laws which directly effect people of color. ALOT OF THESE NEW VOTER SUPPRESSION LAWS ARE BASED ON THE “BIG LIE” BY TRUMP CLAIMING THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS FRAUDULENT AND STOLEN FROM HIM…WHICH IN NO WAY WAS IT STOLEN!! HE JUST WASN’T AND ISN’T MAN ENOUGH TO CONCEDE HE LOST…IN A LANDSLIDE FOR YOUR INFORMATION

      • Ignore the qtard. She said Anita Hill admitted she lied LMAO!!! NEVER HAPPENED. She passed lie detector tests and that pos refused to take one. tRumptards are traitors like Ginnie Hill and her pos husband.

    • Q misses you. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤡

    • Who is the pos who wants to put states rights on interracial marriage? A POS CONSERVATIVE.

  3. Tara Souther says:

    Partisan gerrymandering seems to be fine so long as it benefits Democrats.

  4. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Partisan gerrymandering should be banned everywhere now.

  5. Is this the BLM Leader that illegally voted and then pretended she didn’t know that she cannot vote??? Stop your racist garbage! We have all had enough. Everybody who commits crimes needs to pay the consequences. This is a SOCIETY not an insane asylum.

    • LMAO!!! Who were the trash who voted more than once? CONservative. Let’ s start with Mark Meadows and his wife. Another pos CONservatives son who voted TWICE. Shall i go on moron?

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