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Head’s up. @SwingLeft is paying attention to #Census2020 and #Gerrymandering in terms of protecting our democracy. I like their strategy for the win. Here is their recent email, which they asked us to share liberally on social media. #Election2020 1/
The Trump administration has tried to sneak a question of citizenship status into the #2020census. Recently leaked documents from a GOP redistricting strategist revealed it was created specifically to exclude minority groups like Latinx from census participation—resulting in 2/
... inaccurate population counts that affect apportionment (how House seats are distributed) and federal funding for critical social services. If this happens, Republicans will have another baked-in electoral advantage—and communities of color will be underrepresented ...
... in and underserved by our state and federal governments.

The outlook is grim—Trump’s cronies are pushing SCOTUS to ignore this damning new evidence and condone their racist addition to the census. With a conservative majority in the court, we fear a ruling in their favor 4/

What’s going on: There are three gerrymandering cases before the Supreme Court—two on partisan gerrymandering, and one on racial gerrymandering. #Election2020 5/
Rucho v. Common Cause: After previously getting caught #gerrymandering along racial lines, North Carolina’s GOP is charged with rigging all 13 Congressional districts in North Carolina to discount Democratic votes. 6/
Benisek v. Lamone: Maryland Democrats are charged with rigging one district in the west of the state to discount Republican votes. (Yes, sometimes Democrats gerrymander, too, and partly why we need a fair elections system for everyone.) #Election2020 #Gerrymandering 7/
Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill:The Virginia GOP is charged with packing African-American voters into 11 out of 100 House districts to diminish their voting power in the remaining districts. #Racism #Gerrymandering #Election2020 8/
What to expect: The Supreme Court has already struck down racially gerrymandered maps as unconstitutional, but it’s unclear how the court will respond to partisan #gerrymandering. 9/
... the best outcome would be that the court establishes a standard of unfair partisan #gerrymandering that prevents extreme outliers, like NC’s Congressional maps. Essentially, extreme gerrymandering would stop, but anything up to that limit could continue. 10/
Alternatively, the court could defer a definitive ruling, as it has in the past, arguing that there is still no reliable standard to assess maps. Or it could argue, once and for all, that redistricting policy is “non-justiciable”: 11/ #Gerrymandering #Election2020
... not up to the court to decide. Either scenario would likely allow maps in North Carolina, Maryland, and elsewhere to stand—and leave the door open for more partisan #gerrymandering in 2021. The court’s ruling could come down as soon as next Monday. 12/
The Bottom Line

These cases are proof of just how far anti-democratic legislators will go to win reelection. They don’t care about a fair democracy—they care about holding onto power. #Gerrymandering #Election2020 13/
We don’t know how SCOTUS will rule, but we do know a reason why things have gotten to this point: the GOP scheming for decades to win state-level seats, resulting in too many state houses controlled by anti-democratic legislators. #Gerrymandering 14/
And we know what we can do to stop them: registering voters and raising money for critical down-ballot campaigns in the most gerrymandered places in the country. #Gerrymandering #Election2020
swingleft.org/p/voter-regist… 15/
This is why @SwingLeft is working to take back all the Houses—from the White House to the Senate to the state houses necessary to undo the worst Republican gerrymandering. And why we’re grateful to have you on our team. #Election2020 /END
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