Civil rights group contends plaintiffs lack standing by failing to meet basic standards for action under the Constitution and voting rights law. Washington, DC. The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), joined by the Southeastern Legal Foundation, has filed an amicus brief in favor of the defendants in the North Carolina redistricting case, Rucho v. Common Cause, to be heard by the Supreme Court on March 26. The ACRU strongly disputes the claim that the 2010 North Carolina redistricting plan is unconstitutional after the plaintiffs, Common Cause and a number of North Carolina Democrats, contested its legality. “The text of the First Amendment says nothing about voting,” argues the brief against the complaint that the redistricting map, drawn by duly elected majority Republican members of the North Carolina House Redistricting Committee, is unconstitutional. Other Amendments do protect voting against discrimination because of race, gender, age, or poll taxes, none of which are affected by political gerrymandering. “The North Carolina district court that upheld the claims of the plaintiffs was wrong on all counts,” claims attorney John J. Park on behalf of the ACRU. “Established law, federal and state, is clear that redistricting is the responsibility of the legislative branch, and an incursion…
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7/4: The 14th amendment to the Constitution could offer President Trump the legal reasoning he needs to include the citizenship question on the 2020 census without going against the SCOTUS ruling.
6/28: Supreme Court precedent is clear that “a jurisdiction may engage in constitutional political gerrymandering” and that “political considerations are inseparable from districting and apportionment.”
6/28: National Democratic Redistricting Committee was dealt a major blow when the Supreme Court ruled that federal courts should not be involved in state redistricting cases.
6/27: The Supreme Court ruled that gerrymandering decisions should be made by lawmakers instead of settled in the courts.
6/27: As the Supreme Court of Washington correctly concluded, fining those who break their pledge is constitutional and well within the authority given to state legislatures to appoint electors “in such manner” as they choose.
6/27: ACRU Policy Board Member Hans von Spakovsky reports on why the President might have to delay the 2020 census because the Supreme Court failed to decisively rule on the census citizenship question.
6/27: ACRU Policy Board Member Hans von Spakovsky explains why the U.S. Supreme Court made the right decision, giving lawmakers the power over gerrymandering.
6/17: The Supreme Court ruled that Republicans can’t independently appeal court ordered redistricting in Virginia.
6/8: The Justice Department wrote a letter claiming that liberal groups are using fake news to influence the Supreme Court’s decision on the 2020 Census case.