Let's be clear: #Trump #Republicans & his #WhiteSupremacist #MAGACult want to terminate the #Constitution & #Democracy vis-a-vis #Gerrymandering & #VoterSupression because #GOP realize #Blacks & other #PeopleOfColor WILL NOT #vote for or support them in a fair #2024Election https://mpost.tribel.com/public/posts/5a754010-96b3-11ee-9128-5b6271b79a56
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a new political map imposed on Galveston County by a lower court from taking effect.
#CivilRights #Court #Elections #Galveston #Local #News #Politics #SupremeCourt #Voting #CommissionerStephenHolmes #CountyRedistricting #GalvestonCounty #Gerrymandering #RacialDiscrimination #US5thCircuitCourtOfAppeals
"Georgia Republicans are playing a dangerous game with their new maps"
"The pièce de résistance of the new GOP gerrymanders is some sleight-of-hand in the Atlanta area. A court instructed lawmakers to create a new Black-majority congressional district in the suburbs, which Republicans did … while simultaneously dismantling a diverse neighboring district with a large Black population."
#TheTrouble is... The #DistrictCouncil that he sits on by #Virtue of #Electioneering and #Gerrymandering by #TheNaughtyTories have approved the #Dumping of #Sewage into its #LocalRiverways and #Aquafers...
Years ago I had to help redraw the lines between district territories for my company. It was a little tense from the standpoint of people in one district or the other wanting to retain specific customers/zip codes, but from a data standpoint, doing the exercise to keep things technically equitable, was not very difficult.
All this to say, it’s not hard to redraw lines equitably when needed. Any inequality that results is a purposeful decision, and not an accident.
"MAGA Congressman to become next University President"
"His answer to the controversy has been essentially – I’ve got my contract..."
#5yrsago A seemingly ingenious, simple solution to nonrepresentative government and #gerrymandering https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2018/11/12/the-problem-with-our-democracy-isnt-gerrymandering-its-integers/?sh=5bd7e9f2899c
#5yrsago We don’t know how much #VillageRoadshow paid to buy Australia’s new censoring copyright law https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/dec/02/village-roadshow-donates-millions-to-major-parties-while-lobbying-on-piracy
#5yrsago The best Christmas computer and electronics ads of 1980 https://paleotronic.com/2018/12/02/paleotronics-12-years-of-christmas-year-one-1980/
Georgia Republicans’ New Voting Maps Defy Court Order to Boost Black Representation
A federal appeals court said Galveston County must redraw its political map to comply with the Voting Rights Act.
#Court #Elections #Galveston #Local #News #Politics #SupremeCourt #Voting #CommissionerStephenHolmes #countyredistricting #GalvestonCountyCommissionersCourt #GalvestonCountyJudgeMarkHenry #gerrymandering #US5thCircuitCourtofAppeals
Wisconsin is so in love with its cheese reputation that it based its legislative districts on the concept of Swiss Cheese. Gerrymandering is ridiculous and that is one of the most blatant instances of it.
#Wisconsin Supreme Court looks at ending one of the most severe cases of Republican #gerrymandering in the country by focusing on the definition of "contiguous". https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/nov/21/wisconsin-supreme-court-redistricting-lawsuit
Adam Serwer writing in *The Atlantic* on the recent 8th circuit appeals decision gutting the Voting Right Act. The decision prevents citizens and groups from filing lawsuits seeking relief under the act, limiting it to the Justice Department. A government action. Which, as Sewer notes, is at odds with the intent of congress and longstanding application.
Wisconsin supreme court appears poised to strike down legislative maps and end Republican dominance | Wisconsin | The Guardian
The Wisconsin supreme court appeared poised to strike down the current maps for the state legislature after three hours of oral argument on Tuesday, a decision that could end more than a decade of Republican dominance and eliminate some of the most gerrymandered districts in the United States.
The four liberal justices on the court all seemed ready to embrace an argument from challengers in the case, Clarke v Wisconsin elections commission, that the maps violate the state constitution because they include more than 70 districts. It was unclear, however, how the justices would handle the redrawing of a map and whether it would immediately order elections for the entire legislature next year in new districts. Wisconsin voters elect 99 assembly members every two years, but only about half of the 33-member state senate would normally be up for election next year.
Black voters sue to strike down NC Senate map as racially gerrymandered https://www.witn.com/2023/11/20/black-voters-sue-strike-down-nc-senate-map-racially-gerrymandered/ #Gerrymandering #BlackVoters #NC
Now the #JudicialBranch piles on as well.
**APPEALS COURT BLOCKS CITIZENS FROM FILING LAWSUITS UNDER VOTING RIGHTS ACT**
For decades, private citizens and groups have been able to file claims under the #VotingRightsAct to seek redress for racial #gerrymandering and other rules violations. In Feb 2022, a Trump appointed judge reversed that, ruling only the Justice Department can file such claims. Now, a three judge panel on appeal upheld that lower court ruling. #law #votingrights #civilrights #USpol #politics
#5yrsago #WhiteSupremacy, minus #gerrymandering: #CaliforniaGOP reduced to “third party status” https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/17/rip-california-gop-republicans-lash-out-after-midterm-election-debacle-1000481
Wisconsin’s Legislative #Maps Are Bizarre, but Are They Illegal?
Wisconsin’s #gerrymandering case has garnered national attention. But a little-explored aspect of the suit — the pervasive presence of “Swiss cheese” districts (see some examples below) — could have huge ramifications for the outcome.
Article highlighting what voters in Ohio have been facing for years due to gerrymandering. We are not the only state suffering this way, it's not a group you want to join.
It briefly mentions proposed ways out of our gerrymandered hell to include alternative methods of voting. That's an idea I would love to see all stripes of Americans push hard for in the form of Ranked Choice Voting. It works, period. Both parties know it and fear it.
You can't scream at people to simply get out and vote to change things, or to stop threats, when the system is rigged against their participation.
EDIT: Since I first read and shared this article, it has been edited and shortened by the Guardian to focus more solely on abortion. My comments still stand.
Few commentators are better at explaining in easy to understand, concrete ways the intense damage lack of accountability of legislators in gerrymandered districts are doing to our democracy than David Pepper. He's a must-read source about what's taking place in Ohio.
Here he is with a graph explaining why those legislators in gerrymandered districts do not serve their people and the common good.
#5yrsago Congressional Democrats’ first bill aims to end #gerrymandering, increase voter registration and rein in campaign finance https://www.npr.org/2018/11/12/665635832/democrats-say-their-first-bill-will-focus-on-strengthening-democracy-at-home
#5yrsago #BigTech got big because we stopped enforcing #antitrust law (not because tech is intrinsically monopolistic) https://www.wired.com/story/book-excerpt-curse-of-bigness/
#5yrsago A catalog of ingenious cheats developed by #MachineLearning systems https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vRPiprOaC3HsCf5Tuum8bRfzYUiKLRqJmbOoC-32JorNdfyTiRRsR7Ea5eWtvsWzuxo8bjOxCG84dAg/pubhtml
In #USPolitics it's a very common way to RIG every election. Both Red and Blue can make their district more red or blue. Meaning that if you're red in a blue district (or vice versa) your vote is a #WorthlessVote.
I'm not American but still...
I just signed this petition – will you?
Right now, politicians in states like Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina are pushing voting maps that blatantly discriminate against Black voters.
I just signed a Common Cause petition to demand fair and independent redistricting in every state – and I hope that you will, too
Should today's "Republicans" be anyhow interested in recovering a remainder of lost legitimacy based on the values & norms of the Republican Party co-founded by Abraham Lincoln, they better cut all compromising ties to a lifelong career criminal & fraudster running for White House while being charged with another 91 counts before courts in the U.S.!
#RuleOfLaw #AccountabilityMatters #JusticeMatters #GOPEndorsesCriminals #GOP #DeprivationOfRights #AbortionRights #WomensRights #HumanRights #VoterSuppression #Gerrymandering #Disenfranchisement #VotingRights
"The new North Carolina maps are even worse than many feared, pursuing partisan advantage with greater audacity and precision than any gerrymander in recent history...
"This almost certainly makes North Carolina the most gerrymandered state in the country, at least on the basis of partisan proportionality. The popular Dave’s Redistricting website assigns the congressional map a proportionality score of zero out of 100 (yes, zero!). To put this number in perspective, Wisconsin and Illinois — two other leading contenders for the partisan gerrymandering crown — earn proportionality scores of 40 and 44, respectively."
"Republicans are heavily favored to retain their legislative “supermajorities” in both chambers — even, in some scenarios, if Democrats win a majority of the statewide vote."
Follow The Dirty Tricks Behind Republican Abortion Ban In North Carolina
#abortionbans #northcarolina #gerrymandering
Charles Pierce comments on how Ohio Republicans, who control things due to gerrymandering, have informed voters that the GOP doesn't give a flip about voters' choices — and will go right on trying to outlaw abortion:
"Conservative Republicans occasionally feign surprise that their presidential frontrunner doesn't seem to respect the outcome of elections. Why should he? In the hinterlands, no Republican does."
🥥 #Gerrymandering put #MikeJohnson (R-LA) in the Speaker's chair.
Republican's big districting fraud helped them install a christo-fascist election denier as #HouseSpeaker.
"Republicans hold just a 5-seat majority in the House—& courts have ruled that at least 6 congressional districts that were in effect for the 2022 midterms in 5 states broke laws that ban discrimination against minority groups or prohibit drawing districts for partisan advantage." 🥥
@johnettesnuggs Right. And Trump officially & publicly revealed their dirty, well-known secret conspiracy — "Republicans" cannot win, if they don't manipulate/rig elections in their favor.
“The things they had in there were crazy. They had things, levels of voting that if you’d ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again,” said Mr Trump during an interview on Fox & Friends.
#RuleOfLaw #AccountabilityNow #JusticeMatters #DefendTheConstitution #ReconstructionAmendments #VotingRights #CivilRights #HumanRights #GOPsVoterSuppression #Gerrymandering #Disenfranchisement #ElectoralFraud #AnticonstitutionalGOP #Fraud #DefraudingAmerica #BetrayingAmerica #DeceivingAmerica
And if having domestic billionaires and their sycophant beneficiaries wanting to overthrow the democratic system wasn't enough, practically all foreign dictatorships are doing what they can to aid the process.
@marcelias You cannot achieve long-term "bipartisan" agreements with an entity committed to eradicate pluralism & democracy from a country's & nation's vocabulary — and parliaments.
#RuleOfLaw #DefendDemocracy #DefendTheConstitution #DefendTheUnion #YourVoiceMatters #YouMatter #RaiseYourVoice #TakeGOPOffTheBallots #VoterSuppression #Gerrymandering #Disenfranchisement #ElectoralFraud #BanTheGOP
"North Carolina GOP takes gerrymandering to new extremes with proposed new maps"
"Republicans put forth a pair of congressional maps that would both upend the state's House delegation, which currently includes seven Democrats and seven Republicans thanks to a court-drawn plan. Instead, if these new maps go into effect, North Carolina would almost certainly send 10 or 11 Republicans to Washington and just three or four Democrats."
Democracy isn't failing us. The corruption of democracy is failing us.
"The GOP’s Secret to Protecting Gerrymandered Electoral Maps? Claim Privilege."
"Through new and expansive assertions of privilege, Republican legislatures around the country are shielding their work on allegedly discriminatory voting maps to prevent the public from finding out how and why they made their decisions."
The GOP’s Secret to Protecting Gerrymandered Electoral Maps? Claim Privilege.
Through new and expansive assertions of privilege, #Republican legislatures around the country are shielding their work on allegedly discriminatory #voting maps to prevent the public from finding out how and why they made their decisions.
A South Carolina case about gerrymandering could affect voting rights around the country.
Alexander v. South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, concerns the way state legislatures consider race and party when they are redrawing state voting maps.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1993 in Shaw v. Reno that racial gerrymandering – when legislatures draw district lines primarily based on race – is unconstitutional, regardless of legislators’ intent, except in rare circumstances.
Voters’ party identification, however, is fair game.
At issue in the case before the Supreme Court is how the South Carolina Legislature redrew its 1st Congressional District after the 2020 census.
The majority Republican lawmakers moved over 140,000 residents from the 1st Congressional District into the 6th Congressional District.
The NAACP argues the Legislature moved over 30,000 of those residents because they were Black, in violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
In past cases, the Supreme Court has interpreted the equal protection clause to prohibit racial gerrymandering.
But South Carolina maintains the Legislature moved the residents to ensure the district was majority-Republican and that residents’ race was not a major consideration.
The challenge for the Supreme Court is that race and party significantly overlap, particularly in South Carolina.
According to national exit polls, 87% of Black voters supported Democrat Joe Biden and 58% of white voters backed Republican Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
In fact, scholars have argued that Black voters are the most politically unified group in American politics.
The race and party connection is even more pronounced in South Carolina. There, 90% of Black voters supported Biden and 73% of white voters opted for Trump.
The U.S. Supreme Court takes up #gerrymandering again this year – looking in particular about how a judge can tell if South Carolina’s new map was done to unconstitutionally dilute Black voting power, or primarily to dilute Democrats’ voting power, which would be legal.
Last term’s decisions upholding the Voting Rights Act don’t apply or offer many clues.
In Alexander vs South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, SCOTUS will decide whether moving Black citizens around like chess pieces in mapping congressional districts was based on political affiliation or race. How can Blacks chosen political affiliation which they consider representative of their interests/rights be seen as separate from the state's history of disenfranchisement?
#SCOTUS #Gerrymandering #Disenfranchisement
If you're a climate activist, also pay attention to stuff happening outside the climate box:
"Data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication shows that a majority of Ohioans believe #ClimateChange is happening and worry about it.
Illinois Democrats drew new maps. They pushed the GOP to the right. - The Washington Post
And people think the US is a democracy.
"After the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, #Republicans could win elections through the backlash politics of Richard #Nixon or Ronald #Reagan or the demagoguery of 1988′s “Willie Horton ad.” They then turned to tactics like #VoterSuppression or extreme #gerrymandering as their electorate shrunk.
In 2024, the right sees #dictatorship as its final “Hail Mary” pass. And it just might work."
…as noted by an editorial in leading French newspaper Le Monde, the #House’s disarray reflects the bigger issue of a #legislature where #gerrymandering & low voter participation in primaries has yielded a cadre of lawmakers who view #compromise as “anathema,” especially among the #GOP.
It is absolutely insane that a party can lose a statewide legislative vote by 8 points yet end up with *a supermajority*.
NC has provided the template for this strategy: keep appealing using bottomless pockets & you never have to actually change the maps. The elections aren't postponed to wait for fair maps, so the #racist #GOP wins again
They can't win a fair #Election but they have all the $$ they need to f with them every which way
If they STILL don't win, they cry foul
And this time, #Project2025 in place for coup 2.0
@marcelias When numbers tell you all you need to know about the criminal perfection of voter suppression:
Wikipedia's general article about voter suppression - estimated reading time: 28-35 minutes
Wikipedia's article about voter suppression in the U.S. - estimated reading time: 81-103 minutes
#RuleOfLaw #DefendDemocracy #DefendTheConstitution #AccountabilityMatters #JusticeMatters #VotingRights #ProsecuteVoterSuppression #VoterSuppression #VoterIntimidation #Vigilantism #Disenfranchisement #Gerrymandering #ProsecuteElectionRiggers #ElectoralFraud #BanTheGOP #DefraudingAmerica #ConspiracyAgainstRights #ConspiracyAgainstTheUS
Heavily redrawn #election districts in the battleground state gave #Republicans firm control of the legislature — and the leeway to move aggressively against officials and judges they perceive as threats.
@marcelias If "Republicans" are scared of an *independent, citizen-led redistricting commission*, they're simply confessing to be the designated losers in every ***free & fair election***.
And that they're just rigging elections to pretend not to be the losing minority — which they are.
Their continued, almost "traditional" electoral fraud by means of voter suppression, disenfranchisement & gerrymandering, all their racist conspiracy against voters' rights must have legal consequences. It's unacceptable.
Can there be "bipartisanship" with a party of serial, continued electoral fraud? Not at all!
#RuleOfLaw #AccountabilityMatters #JusticeMatters #BanTheGOP #ElectoralFraud #VoterSuppression #Disenfranchisement #Gerrymandering #14thAmendmentSection3 #ConspiracyAgainstRights #ConspiracyAgainstTheUS
@marcelias 😎 Well, there are appropriate rewards for rebelling against the authority of the United States. Like eg disqualification & reduced congressional representation.
#RuleOfLaw #AccountabilityMatters #JusticeMatters #GOPInsurrection #AlabamaGOP #Gerrymandering #ElectoralFraud #ElectoralApartheid #Insurrection #Rebellion #SCOTUS #DefendTheConstitution #ReconstructionAmendments #DefendDemocracy #14thAmendmentSection3 #14thAmendmentSection2
@marcelias 👏👏👏 Congratulations once again! The insurrectionary Confedereds evidently can't let go of running against the walls of the Reconstruction Amendments, their codified derivates & Marc Elias Group.
#RuleOfLaw #AccountabilityMatters #JusticeMatters #DefendDemocracy #DefendTheConstitution #DefendTheUnion #FraudulentGOP #ElectoralFraud #ElectoralApartheid #VoterSuppression #Gerrymandering #Disenfranchisement #14thAmendmentSection3 #14thAmendmentSection2
@marcelias No lawsuit potentially disenfranchising up to 20 million voters can honestly be called "lawful".
While such monstrously fraudulent initiatives would fit any jail-worthy career fraudster & mobster perfectly.
#RuleOfLaw #AccountabilityNow #JusticeMatters #EndElectoralFraud #VoterSuppression #Gerrymandering #Disenfranchisement #FraudulentGOP #CareerFraudsters #OrganizedCrime #CriminalNetwork #RICO #ConspiracyAgainstRights
#Gerrymandering allows corrupt politicians to choose their voters, instead of voters choosing their representatives!
‟Ohio Supreme Court dismisses challenges to GOP-drawn map ruled unconstitutional”
@marcelias Alabamian "legislators" stubbornly defend their racist serial electoral fraud obsessions.
“Maps like the ones [voting rights groups] propose would also create majority-minority districts ‘in greater numbers than they otherwise would have been’ if race hadn’t been used,” the state argued, quoting from the Harvard ruling. “But the Constitution forbids using race ‘to discriminate against those racial groups that were not the beneficiaries of the race-based preference.’” In other words, the courts’ cure for unconstitutional racial gerrymandering would itself amount to unconstitutional racial gerrymandering in Alabama’s eyes.
#RuleOfLaw #DefendDemocracy #DefendTheConstitution #VotingRights #VRA #Alabama #Confedereds #Racism #ElectoralFraud #ElectoralApartheid #Gerrymandering #Redistricting #LawlessGOP #BanTheGOP #EnemiesOfTheConstitution
An important note on #gerrymandering :
You'll hear people both-sidesing this issue, "Democrats do it too."
The difference is Democrats don't need to do it to the abusive degree GOP does to retain power. Democrats are also happy to confront the issue while GOP is not.
Furthermore this whole "you are doing something wrong so I can do something wrong" is a revealing bit of psychology. The moral approach of course is "if it's wrong it's wrong, no matter who does it."
The bothsidesism on the issue of gerrymandering is just that: a psychologically revealing bit of lame false balance. The GOP's essential cynicism and amoral dodging is the problem and don't fall for the invalid topic change.
Florida judge rules DeSantis’ redistricting map is unconstitutional, orders it redrawn
> ...since it diminishes the ability of Black voters in north Florida to pick a representative of their choice, a state judge ruled Saturday. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/florida-judge-rules-desantis-redistricting-map-is-unconstitutional-orders-it-redrawn #RonDeSantis #Florida #GOP #republican #gerrymandering