June 29, 2015
ACS President Caroline Fredrickson on Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, a highly political case concerning an independent redistricting commission created by Arizona voters in 2000. The commission was designed to end political gerrymandering. Members of the Republican-led state legislature, however, say the U.S. Constitution grants them the exclusive right to draw the state’s congressional districts. Today’s ruling determined the authority to draw districts will remain with the Independent Redistricting Commission. ACS President Caroline Fredrickson issued the following statement:
Arizona voters had their day in court and won. Today’s ruling will help Arizona put an end to political gerrymandering, unfortunately these attacks on fair elections are a nationwide epidemic. Elections are neither fair nor just when their outcomes are pre-determined by legislatures. But today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is a welcome victory and a step in the right direction.
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