AV in National Journal: A Look at Redistricting Post-AZ State Legislature v. AZ Independent Commission

July 30, 2015


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.”

Read the full story on National Journal