Statement from Eric Holder on Today’s Senate Vote To Ban Partisan Gerrymandering
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For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. — Today, Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, released the following statement after the vote on a federal partisan gerrymandering ban in the United States Senate.
“On the eve of the Census Bureau releasing population counts that will be used for redistricting in every state, Democrats have been clear in their support of fair maps and a fair redistricting process. Republicans have stated that they intend to use the process ‘to secure a decade of power’ and gerrymander as much as they did in 2011. Their intent is clear: to cheat their way to artificial majorities in Congress and in state legislatures across the country in an attempt to hold onto power and push unpopular policies regardless of what the voters want. The ban on partisan gerrymandering in the For The People Act would stop this anti-democracy and unpopular strategy, which is precisely why they’re blocking it.
“America is facing an all-out assault on voting. Banning partisan gerrymandering doesn’t favor any political party, it makes real the radical and essential idea at the core of American democracy: free and fair elections where the people – all the people – are heard. Banning partisan gerrymandering is a necessary reform and a critical step toward protecting our sacred right to vote and our fragile democracy.”
Chaired by former Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) is the first-ever strategic hub for redistricting focused on winning targeted elections, advancing legal action, and building up the political infrastructure to achieve a fairer redistricting process.