Washington, DC – Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Evenwel v. Abbott upholding the principle of “one-person, one-vote” by ruling that Texas must continue drawing legislative districts based on total population, as opposed to using voter population.
“American democracy belongs to everyone who calls this country home, and the Supreme Court reaffirmed that fact with today’s victory,” Rep. Grijalva said. “This attempt to draw lines for elected office based on voter participation was a blatant and shameful attempt to deny representation to entire swaths of people within our communities. Our nation learned first-hand that democracy for some is not democracy at all, and this attempt to empower some at the expense of others was just a thinly veiled effort to undo the progress we’ve made. I’m glad the Supreme Court rejected it outright, and the resounding agreement on this divided court speaks volumes to the merit of the outcome.”