Taking Greg Abbott to school on partisan gerrymandering

Update: Two days after we published this exposé, a panel of three federal judges concluded a long-delayed case and found that many of the congressional districts of the great State of Texas are illegal. The federal judges found that legislators practiced racial gerrymandering to disenfranchise urban voters. Texas gerrymandering is blatantly partisan and undermines the constitutional rights of urban voters, and it must stop now. After starting our grassroots & digital efforts at the start of 2017, we’ve seen a swell of support from US citizens and like-minded grassroots organizations to stop gerrymandering for good.


“In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and their redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party’s electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats.”

– Greg Abbott

 


Texas Governor Greg Abbott is upset that Eric Holder and Barack Obama are shining a light on gerrymandering, a partisan tactic practiced by Democratic and Republican incumbents to remain in office.

Gerrymandering is often found to be illegal and unconstitutional in federal courts.

Gerrymandering diminishes the voting power of citizens.

Weakening the voting power of citizens is in violation of the right to free speech found in the First Amendment and the right to due process found in the Fourteenth Amendment.

The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees that people get to vote, and their votes count. One person, one vote. Simple.

Yet gerrymandering makes it complicated. Gerrymandering is a way for politicians to silence & disenfranchise voters who disagree with them.

Gerrymandering is election stealing.

Gerrymandering is the force behind hyper-partisan, obstructionist politics that silence the diverse voices of the American people.

Don’t stay silent.

Call your rep and your governor today and ask them where they stand on gerrymandering.

Let them know that you count.