Eric Holder Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Abbott v. Perez

Washington, D.C. — Today, Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chair of National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court decision in Abbott v. Perez:

“Texas has a long, sordid history of targeting minority populations through redistricting so as to deny minorities their full voting power as citizens. While disappointing, today’s Supreme Court decision in Abbott v. Perez was based largely on the specific circumstances of how this map was drawn with court involvement in 2012. Indeed, the 2012 map upheld today achieved some significant improvements for minority voters over the previous plan, but the districts upheld by the Court continue to reflect serious constitutional and Voting Rights Act concerns. Texans — and all Americans — deserve better than a broken status quo that unfairly dilutes minorities’ voting power. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee will continue to execute our comprehensive approach of taking legal action, supporting ballot reform initiatives, building a grassroots movement of citizens who want to end gerrymandering, and electing Democrats committed to fairness in the redistricting process when maps are redrawn in 2021.”