Resolution regarding Gerrymandering in Violation of Civil Rights

Nik Swiatek March 12, 2013 0

WHEREAS, in 2012, Republican candidates for the House of Representatives won a majority of seats (234 to 201) despite receiving 1.4 million fewer votes than Democratic candidates, as a result of Republican gerrymandered districts in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, and the Republican National Committee now seeks to have Presidential electoral votes awarded based on these gerrymandered districts, and

WHEREAS, a Republican State Leadership Committee report states that this was a result of intentional gerrymandering; in order to discriminate against likely Democratic voters, Republicans have disenfranchised minorities thereby violating their civil rights, and

WHEREAS, all states are subject to the anti-discrimination provisions of the U.S. Constitution and national civil and voting rights laws, which the U.S. Department of Justice is empowered and obligated to enforce,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urges the Justice Department to place a high priority on legal action to eliminate discriminatory gerrymandering in all states in which they have occurred, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party will communicate this resolution to the California Democratic Party, President Barack Obama, the DNC and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Author: Bob Gerecke, 41st AD

Passed LACDP 6/12/13


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