December 8, 2015 Press Releases and Announcements

DPVA Statement on Oral Argument in Evenwel v. Abbott

by DPVA Communications


December 8, 2015

CONTACT: Stephen Carter,


DPVA Statement on Oral Argument in Evenwel v. Abbott


Today, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Evenwel v. Abbott, a Texas redistricting case that would deny representation to anyone who isn’t a voter, including every child and minor under 18, by changing how state legislative districts are drawn.


In Virginia, an estimated 1,867,159 young people under 18 could be disenfranchised if Sue Evenwel has her way — including 49% who are young women; 375,981 of African Americans; and 209,716 of Hispanics. To be clear, that affects 98.1% of Hispanic-Americans who are U.S.-born citizens who are under 18.


Chairwoman Susan Swecker of the Democratic Party of Virginia issued the following statement today on how this case could lead to a loss of political representation for millions of young people and minority communities across the country:


“The Constitution guarantees equal representation for all and every American deserves to be counted in our democracy. Sue Evenwel’s egregious attempt to deny millions of people representation in state legislative districts is an attack on our democracy and threatens the ability of elected officials to adequately represent and serve their communities. Our children and everyone living in our communities deserve a voice even if they are not able to cast a ballot."