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Mon Jun 17, 2019, 09:55 AM

 

Supreme Court rules against Republicans in Virginia dispute over use of race in drawing election map

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Source: USA today

WASHINGTON A conservative Supreme Court gave Democrats a major victory over Republicans in Virginia Monday by spurning the GOP's defense of election maps drawn with both racial and partisan overtones.

The justices ruled that the Republican-controlled House of Delegates lacked the authority to challenge a federal district court decision striking down the maps after the state's Democratic attorney general refused to do so.

The decision leaves intact this month's primary elections in Virginia, where voters go to the polls in odd-numbered years to elect state officials. Some races were held in districts redrawn after the district court said Republicans' maps were designed to dilute African Americans' voting strength.

While the high court gave Democrats a victory, it did not take sides on the threshold issue: whether the maps followed or violated the Voting Rights Act, which says minorities must be given a chance to elect lawmakers of their choice. That requires a balancing act: Districts should have enough minority voters but not too many, lest their votes are diluted in surrounding areas.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/17/race-and-politics-supreme-court-rules-virginia-election-districts/1419708001/

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Reply Supreme Court rules against Republicans in Virginia dispute over use of race in drawing election map (Original post)
vsrazdem Jun 2019 OP
underpants Jun 2019 #1
Ace Rothstein Jun 2019 #2
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Response to vsrazdem (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 09:57 AM

1. Good news

Mostly

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Mon Jun 17, 2019, 10:01 AM

2. Really interesting who was on each side with this one.

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Response to vsrazdem (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 10:10 AM

3. Wish we could just vote by state

with no lines to divide into districts. Probably a gamble, but it would take a weapon away from repukes.

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Response to vsrazdem (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 10:14 AM

4. Locking as a Duplicate

This is a duplicate of https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142329863

Please continue discussion there.

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