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Statement: SCOTUS Decision on One Person, One Vote
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Statement by Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle regarding the Evenwell v. Abbott U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding One-Person, One-Vote

"Today’s unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court turned back a direct attack on one-person, one-vote. It is an enormous victory for Democratic and American values. 

"It’s no accident that this case originated in Texas. The forces that filed the suit and pursued it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court reflect the dark and dangerous view that power should be concentrated in the hands of a very few. Keep in mind that current Texas leaders adopted and have spent millions of dollars defending discriminatory redistricting and Voter ID laws. Their recent actions have created an environment that encourages and accommodates those who hold basic civil and voting rights in contempt."

Even with today’s decision, the strongest and most substantive arguments made to protect the cherished concept of one-person, one-vote were made by the U.S. Department of Justice and not by legal counsel representing Texas State leaders. Fortunately, the Court recognized the need to stand united in support of one-person, one, vote. Their decision is best summarized in the following excerpt from the majority opinion written by Justice Ginsberg:
"As the Framers of the Constitution and the Fourteenth Amendment comprehended, representatives serve all residents, not just those eligible or registered to vote. See supra, at 8– 12. Nonvoters have an important stake in many policy debates—children, their parents, even their grandparents, for example, have a stake in a strong public-education system—and in receiving constituent services, such as help navigating public-benefits bureaucracies. By ensuring that each representative is subject to requests and suggestions from the same number of constituents, total population apportionment promotes equitable and effective representation. See McCormick v. United States, 500 U. S. 257, 272 (1991) ("Serving constituents and supporting legislation that will benefit the district and individuals and groups therein is the everyday business of a legislator.").14 
 
In sum, the rule appellants urge has no mooring in the Equal Protection Clause. The Texas Senate map, we therefore conclude, complies with the requirements of the one-person, one-vote principle.15 Because history, precedent, and practice suffice to reveal the infirmity of appellants’ claims, we need not and do not resolve whether, as Texas now argues, States may draw districts to equalize voter-eligible population rather than total population."

(Source: EVENWEL ET AL. v. ABBOTT, GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, ET AL., No. 14–940. Argued December 8, 2015—Decided April 4, 2016)
Matt Angle is the Founder and Director of the Lone Star Project, a Democratic PAC. The Lone Star Project supports the efforts of the Veasey Plaintiffs who are challenging the Texas voter ID law and the Quesada Plaintiffs who are challenging the Texas congressional redistricting plan.
April 4, 2016
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