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12 Oct, 4 tweets, 1 min read
BREAKING: We’re suing South Carolina over their redistricting process, which largely avoided public input and has left electoral districts wildly out of proportion just months before election season.

Voters deserve fair maps — and a fair process to get them there.
The SC state legislature abruptly adjourned without passing new maps, which are drawn from the redistricting process following the census.

The legislature held very few, largely inaccessible public meetings on redistricting, most of which were in-person and during working hours.
The legislature has suggested instead it will pass new maps when it returns sometime in December or January.

This means there won’t be enough time for a court to evaluate the maps before the deadline for the 2022 primary elections.
If the legislature has its way, outdated maps that are not representative of voters in South Carolina will remain in place. This violates the bedrock principle of one person, one vote.

We and @ACLU_SC won’t stop fighting until South Carolina has fair maps.

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Since the ‘90s, universities, localities, and states have formally replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s or Native Americans’ Day.
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This order is deeply alarming — and for millions of people in Texas, it is creating confusion and inconsistency in abortion access.

Allowing this cruel ban to continue will wreak havoc across the state, impacting marginalized communities the most.
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We 100% agree.
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BREAKING: We are again asking the Supreme Court to intervene to stop SB8, a dangerous ban on abortion after six week of pregnancy in Texas.

In the 23 days since SB8 was implemented, it has eliminated the vast majority of abortion access in the state.
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Partisan gerrymandering, like what’s happening in Ohio, violates the core principle of a representative democracy — that voters should choose our elected officials, not the other way around.
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