Butterfield Responds to Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on Political Gerrymandering Cases
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s decisions in Rucho v. Common Cause and Benisek v. Lamone, which address political gerrymandering in North Carolina and Maryland, respectively:
“The Supreme Court’s decision today has put the voice of America’s voters and our democratic process in grave danger,” said Congressman Butterfield. “I am deeply disappointed by the Court’s ruling that partisan gerrymandering claims are beyond the reach of the federal courts. The Court had an opportunity to issue a landmark decision that would make it clear what constitutes unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering and how to place limits on the practice. Instead, the Court decided to turn a blind eye to blatant partisan gerrymandering and has now opened the door to continued abuse of position and power.
Rep. David Lewis, Chair, North Carolina House Committee on Redistricting:
“I think electing Republicans is better than electing Democrats,” said Republican state Rep. Lewis, who led the redistricting effort. “I propose that we draw the maps to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans and 3 Democrats because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and 2 Democrats.” -Lewis (2/16/2016)
“State legislators are using sophisticated technology to draw political boundaries to choose their voters rather than voters choosing their preferred candidates, said Butterfield. We must restrain legislatures from manipulating political boundaries to favor a political party.
“Voters in North Carolina and across the country deserve to have an equal voice in the political process and this ruling serves only to silence and seclude. Extreme partisan gerrymandering has no place in our democracy and with the Court’s decision today, the practice will not only continue, but will increase in severity. I agree with Justice Kagan’s dissent and believe the majority on the Court got this tragically wrong”
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