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CBC Chairman Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Strike Down Two NC Congressional Districts

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Washington, May 22, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON – Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02), released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down two North Carolina congressional districts. In a 5 – 3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the congressional districts were unconstitutional because the Republican-led General Assembly in North Carolina relied too much on race in drawing them.

“When the Supreme Court gutted the heart of the Voting Rights Act, the CBC predicted that there would be a race to the bottom among Republican legislatures. These districts in North Carolina are a clear example.

“Republicans don’t have it in their DNA to play fair when it comes to redistricting and they will do all that they can to prevent African Americans and other minorities from voting.

“This is why Republicans in Congress need to join with Democrats to restore the Voting Rights Act; failure to restore this historic civil rights law will give Republican legislatures a license to create more unfair and unconstitutional districts.”  

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