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Old April 5th, 2016, 04:14 AM   #1
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SCOTUS Upholds American Values Against Texas

The latest Supreme Court ruling in the redistricting-related case Evenwel v. Abbott was nothing short of a total victory for voting rights advocates. Plaintiffs in Evenwel had unsuccessfully sought to systematically undermine minority representation, and subsequently elect more white Republicans, by requiring that legislative districts use eligible voters rather than the total population during redistricting.

That would have dramatically shifted representation away from young, non-white, and urban populations to the benefit of older, whiter, rural areas and thus conservative Republicans in a state like Texas.

After Scalia’s death deprived conservatives of their 5-4 majority on the court, Evenwel was all but assured of going down in defeat as all four liberals were expected to rule against the plaintiffs. Additionally, Anthony Kennedy was also seen as skeptical of the plaintiffs’ position according to some election law experts.

Even arch-conservative Clarence Thomas joined the entire court to uphold the current law, although Thomas ironically enough did so while disagreeing with the principle of one person, one vote itself. The current law allows the use of total population and has led to its adoption in all but a few exceptions where total population and eligible voters don’t largely diverge like they do in Texas. The court did not settle whether total population is required​ in all cases.

While completely expected, today’s ruling is nonetheless a welcome victory for voting rights advocates. When our electoral system is already massively biased against minority representation, it would have been an unmitigated disaster for Latinos in particular had the Evenwel ruling gone the other way.

Supreme Court unanimously upholds 'one person, one vote' in Evenwel v. Abbott
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A sign of the times.
I once lived in Georgia for 25 years and read the newspaper every day. The Atlanta Constitution (liberal) and before the Atlanta Constitution bought the Atlanta Journal (conservative) and is called the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today, AJC and is liberal. The Atlanta Constitution showed voting districts in Georgia on an easy to read map. Both the libs and cons gerrymandered the shit out of Georgia but the worst example was a con voting district that looked like a snake and crossed counties.

edit: Georgia does not have townships but Ohio does. In Ohio you are restricted to voting within your township. What is a township you might ask, there does not have to be a town in a township and there are more than several townships in the big city. Being restricted to voting in the township that you live in prevents gerrymandering. Townships in Ohio were surveyed in the early 19th century so changing demographics is not in the picture. It the State has no townships then the voting district should be the County you live in. No more gerrymandering and problem solved. Without getting SCOTUS involved in petty disputes when they should be thinking about Hillary's future indictment and conviction for high crimes.
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Old April 5th, 2016, 04:47 AM   #3
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Republicans will stop at nothing to usurp the will of the people. Their is just not enough old bitter white guys left. The Republicans feel they must rig the system.
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I first thought that skews had posted something from the Onion. I saw it was from the dailykos about a Supreme Court ruling, which is always more comical.

There is nothing in this comic piece that comes close to the ruling. The court made a unanimous federalism ruling, which means they did not rule one way or the other. The ruling can be described in one sentence: it is up to the states to decide if they want one person one vote or not.

Regarding Thomas, I understand why his opinion would agitate commies like the dailykos and skews: "The Constitution leaves the choice to the people alone—not to this Court."
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Seems that the entire thread is a FAIL. It was the State of Texas which passed the law counting all people for purposes of apportionment. It was a victory for states rights.

But this is what happens when the bitter clingers to far left blogs for their 'news' eagerly re-post the dribble.

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Seems that the entire thread is a FAIL. It was the State of Texas which passed the law counting all people for purposes of apportionment. It was a victory for states rights.

But this is what happens when the bitter clingers to far left blogs for their 'news' eagerly re-post the dribble.

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