DNC Chair Perez: Two Major Victories for Virginia Voters in Redistricting Cases

WASHINGTON – DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after both the U.S. Supreme Court and a Virginia circuit court ruled that anti-gerrymandering lawsuits arguing that state legislative districts are discriminatory can move forward:

“Voters should choose their elected leaders – not the other way around. But for years, Virginia Republicans have schemed to change the state’s legislative districts to rig elections in their favor. But efforts to combat these extreme partisan tactics are succeeding at every level. The Supreme Court’s decision this morning and a  key state court decision yesterday have put us firmly on the path to ensuring Republican gerrymandering efforts will fail. We must continue to fight back against discriminatory efforts to block access to the ballot box and that is why I have vowed to create a fully staffed Voter Empowerment and Protection Office so that we can ensure that disenfranchisement through gerrymandering becomes a thing of the past.”