Supreme Court hands Virginia Democrats a win in gerrymandering case

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      (The Hill) The Supreme Court has ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a racial gerrymandering case that represents a victory for Democrats in the state.

      In the 5-4 ruling, the justices found that the House didn’t have the standing to appeal a lower court ruling that found that the new district maps must be used ahead of the 2020 elections. Those new maps are already in use.

      Democrats claimed that the districts were unlawful because they featured too many black voters, diminishing their power across the state and in other districts.

      Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch.

      Full story here. Interesting split on this–Thomas and Gorsuch side with the Amazing RBG.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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      Iwillnevergiveup
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      This is really pretty shocking, but welcome.  Virginia is such a dicey state.  Thanks for posting.

    • #77907
      Paul H Mentzer
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      Here is the actual opinion. The issue of gerrymander did NOT come up, the court ruled that the Virginian House of Delegates had no right to file an appeal. The right to file an appeal was restricted by Virginian law to the Virgunian Attorney General. When the Virginian Attorney General refused to appeal, the House of Delegates had no right to file the appeal.  That is the extent of the decision. Once it ruled the House of Delegates had no right to appeal and no one else had appealed the issue of Gerrymandering was NOT before the court for no valid appeal had been filed.

      A very technical legal argument, avoiding the whole issue of Gerrymandering.

      https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/18-281_6j37.pdf

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