Raleigh, NC – League of Women Voters of North Carolina co-presidents, Margaret Salinger and Janet Hoy issued the following statement in response to tonight’s historic finding that partisan gerrymanders are unconstitutional and the court’s order to redraw the state’s 13 Congressional districts in time for this year’s election.
“Today’s ruling in LWV v. Rucho (and the parallel case, Common Cause v. Rucho) finds partisan gerrymanders to be unconstitutional on three separate grounds, making a powerful and compelling case for ending partisan gerrymandering once and for all.
“We celebrate this victory for our democracy with the voters of North Carolina. The court tonight confirmed that our Constitution demands that voters, not elected officials, have the power to choose who represents them.
“Extreme partisan gerrymanders undermine our democracy, distorting election outcomes and pushing us further apart, when we urgently need to find common ground.
“Our most fundamental liberty is the right to freely choose who represents us. The three-judge panel’s strong statement confirms that extreme partisan gerrymanders take away this most basic right, and in so doing violate the First Amendment, the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, and the most fundamental principle of our electoral system, enshrined in Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution, the right of the People to select their preferred candidates for Congress.
“The court’s decision gives us faith that North Carolina will finally have fair districts that communicate the people’s will through the ballot box and hold politicians accountable.”
The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.
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