Washington, DC: In response to Supreme Court decisions today on a citizenship question in the U.S. Census and partisan gerrymandering, the League of Conservation Voters issued the following statement from SVP of Community and Civic Engagement, Jennifer Allen Aroz:
“What is at stake in these decisions is whose voices will matter in our democracy. We are disappointed by the devastating Supreme Court decisions on partisan gerrymandering that strike at our fundamental right to be heard and participate equitably in our democracy. With the Court’s refusal to address the scourge of partisan gerrymandering, states must establish clear rules to prevent the drawing of unfair maps that entrench politicians and parties and silence our communities. We will continue to build on the successes that new governors have made in their states passing pro-democracy legislation that returns power back to the people.
“The Trump administration’s desire to add a citizenship question to the census is simply wrong and we are pleased the Court rejected the Trump administration’s flawed and racist justification. It is more important than ever for a fair and accurate 2020 Census that ensures all communities are counted, so they get the resources that they deserve. The upcoming census will determine representation in Congress for the next decade, as well as how to allocate funding to keep our children safe, clean our drinking water, and so much more.”