Dingell Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on Partisan Gerrymandering
Washington, June 27, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision on partisan gerrymandering.
“Today’s decision is a sad day for our democracy. Federal courts have always been the best venue to remedy constitutional concerns, including the fundamental right to vote and the right to equal protection under the law. By punting this decision to Congress and state legislatures, the Court has ensured that existing partisan gerrymanders will remain in place and people’s right to participate in free and fair elections is only further diluted. While I disagree with the Court’s ruling in this case, this only makes it clearer that Congress needs to act.
“H.R. 1, the For the People Act, contains many critical protections to protect the right to vote, including a requirement that states adopt independent redistricting commissions for the purposes of drawing Congressional districts. While I’m pleased that Michigan will have a citizen’s commission in place for the 2022 election, we need these protections at the federal level as well. The Senate needs to take up H.R. 1 without delay so the right to vote can continue to be protected for all Americans.”