The Supreme Court has ruled against the Virginia House of Representatives in a lawsuit representing a victory for Democrats in the state. I have the right to appeal against a lower court ruling stating that the new district cards must be used before the 2020 elections. These new maps are already in use.
Democrats claimed the districts were unlawful because they had too many black voters, limiting their power throughout the state and in other districts.
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Virginia Democrats questioned the 11 districts of the US House of Representatives following the 2010 census. 19659002] The Supreme Court has previously ruled that race can not be the main factor in the creation of state districts. The judges accepted the case for the first time in 2015, but returned it to a lower court for re-examination.
The lawyers in the GOP-held House of Delegates, however, claimed by making sure that each legislature had 55 percent black voters. The state ensured that their voting rights were not restricted.
The Virginia House Democrats celebrated the ruling in a statement on Monday, calling it "a great win for voting and civil rights in our Commonwealth."
"House of Republicans have spent millions of taxpayer dollars defending racial desecration in a protracted litigation – a battle in which they lacked legal status," said the House Democratic leader Eileen Filler-Corn and the chairman of Caucus, Charniele Herring, in a joint statement. In the affected districts, there is an assurance that they will vote in this year 's constitutional district elections. The primaries in Virginia in this
The case also represented a gap between Virginia officials as the Parliament prosecuted him in court after the Attorney General declared that he would not appeal the lower court decision dismissing the counties
] "We believe that the House has no authority to oust Virginia's Attorney General as a state representative," Ginsburg wrote in the majority opinion. "We also believe that the house is a single chamber of a two-chamber Is not entitled to object to the invalidation of the redistribution plan, irrespective of the State to which it belongs. "
The house had d ies claims to be able to fight in court on behalf of the state's interests. However, the majority noted that lawmakers had not established a legal basis for it and that the Virginia law "exclusively" assigned the power and responsibility to represent the state to the Attorney General.
And also Ginsburg's opinion states that the house would not be violated if one leaves the district maps, because according to state law the entire General Assembly of Virginia, not just the house, is elected from the districts it subscribes to.
However, Alito wrote the dissenting opinion that "the new district plan ordered by the referring court will fundamentally harm the house".
And he rebelled against the assertion that the districts would not necessarily harm the house itself, because members of the legislature change frequently.
"Really? It seems obvious that any group that consists of members who need to work together to achieve the group's goals has a great interest in the identity of their members, which implies that the group also has one strong interest in the selection of its members, "wrote Alito. "And what's more important to such a group than the content of their work?"
Updated at 11:06