SCOTUS UPDATE: Virginia AG Mark Herring Fights Racial Gerrymandering

June 17, 2019

Today, the Supreme Court rejected the Republican-led Virginia House of Delegates appeal in the long-standing racial gerrymandering case where the GOP attempted to overturn newly-drawn, fair, congressional maps. The 5-4 ruling noted that the state legislative chamber controlled by Republicans could not continue to fight a ruling that the state Attorney General, Mark Herring, had accepted. AG Herring refused to go along with the Republican racial gerrymandering.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in the majority opinion that “One House of its bicameral legislature cannot alone continue the litigation against the will of its partners in the legislative process.”

Shortly after the news broke AG Herring said, “It’s unfortunate that House Republicans wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and months of litigation in a futile effort to protect racially gerrymandered districts, but the good news is that this fall’s elections will take place in constitutionally drawn districts.”

Virginia AG Mark Herring knows that fair elections are critical to our democracy and just like Democratic AGs all over the country, he will continue to stand up to GOP attempts to rig the system.

Read more about this victory for fair elections in the Richmond Times-Dispatch here!

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