The National Democratic Redistricting Committee released the following statements in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections:
“This is a major victory in the fight to overturn gerrymandering in Virginia and around the country. Racial gerrymandering in Virginia has left minority voters underrepresented in government. This ruling opens the door for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee to take proactive legal action against the gerrymandering that has rigged the American political system.” – NDRC Chairman Eric Holder
“The ruling in Bethune Hill overturns a lower court decision and sends a clear warning ahead of the 2020 Census to Republicans who engage in illegal racial gerrymandering. This significant step forward will lead to more racial gerrymandering litigation in other states. Bethune Hill sets important legal precedent and will lead to fairer maps for the voters of Virginia.” – NDRC General Counsel and Senior Advisor Marc Elias
Holder, the former U.S. Attorney General, made voting rights a hallmark of his tenure as Attorney General. Elias, chair of Perkins Coie’s Political Law Practice, argued the case before the Supreme Court on December 5.