Statement from Eric Holder on the Release of Apportionment Data from the Census Bureau
Washington, D.C. — Today Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), released the following statement on the release of apportionment data from the U.S. Census Bureau:
“With the release of apportionment data, each state now needs to prepare for a fair and transparent redistricting process that includes input from the public. Make no mistake — the same Republican state legislators who are pushing forward on hundreds of anti-voter bills at the state level have been very clear that they intend to manipulate the redistricting process to lock in their power. Stopping Republicans from gerrymandering the maps in states they control is the next fight in the battle to protect the right to vote and ensure every American has the freedom to choose their representatives.
“By increasing the number of safe Republican seats and decreasing the number of districts where Democratic candidates can compete, they are hoping to manufacture an illegitimate majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022 and beyond. What the NDRC and our affiliate organizations want is to achieve fair maps — maps that accurately represent the people living in this country and allow the voters to choose their representatives, instead of the other way around. We’re going to do everything in our power to ensure the voices of the people are not silenced by bad maps.”