Rucho v. Common Cause is set-back for voting rights
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The following statement about the Supreme Court's decision in Rucho v. Common Cause is by Nancy Abudu, deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center:
"The Court’s decision not to rein in state legislatures’ ongoing gross abuses of power when drawing political lines will have a devastating effect on our democracy – possibly for decades to come. Skewed, partisan maps during the next redistricting cycle will further dilute the voices of voters, leading to dangerous political ramifications.
"It is vital to the health of our democracy that politicians not be able to rig the voting maps to choose their voters to protect themselves. We will continue to use all of the tools available to us in the courtroom, state legislatures and communities to ensure fair representation of all voters."