The 2016 presidential election was the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. As a result, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said, voter suppression “had a dramatic impact on the outcome.”
America Votes was mentioned in a National Journal story on the recent SCOTUS ruling in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Redistricting Commission. The case was a strong win for voters, with the Court ruling in favor of independent redistricting commissions that remove partisanship from the redistricting process and are critical for creating competitive district lines.
The National Journal story, titled “Independent Redistricting Commissions Remain Legal, But They’re Not Democrats’ Silver Bullet,” discusses both the advantages of this ruling as well as the challenges that lie ahead for groups pushing for fairer districts. The story quotes a number of progressive strategists focused on redistricting, including a short quote from AV President Greg Speed:
[T]he Court’s ruling Monday “preserves a way to make the process more fair and elections more competitive,” said Greg Speed, president of progressive group America Votes. But, he added, the difficulty of creating an independent commission is “a limitation.”
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