Democratic Party of Virginia statement on victory in House redistricting case
RICHMOND, VA – DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Virginia House Republicans did not have standing to press an appeal in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill et. al, thus upholding the federal district court's redrawing of 11 racially gerrymandered House of Delegate districts.
"Equality, fairness and the Constitution of the United States won. Kirk Cox, Todd Gilbert and racial gerrymandering lost.
Thanks to today's Supreme Court decision, Virginians will go to the polls on November 5th and vote in constitutional districts, not ones that were drawn by politicians like Kirk Cox and Todd Gilbert to suppress the political power of communities of color.
It is a shame that Kirk Cox and Todd Gilbert dragged this fight on for years and all the way to U.S. Supreme Court, wasting taxpayer dollars in an effort to hang on to political power...but today their battle for unfair districts ends in defeat."